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March 10, 2021

Stella Rimington rivets audience with stories of MI5

Our latest Zoom interviewee was Dame Stella Remington in March 2021, who talked us through becoming head of MI5, as the first publicly named Director General of the Security Service, and the first woman to do so. She talked brilliantly and modestly about her 29 years working for the Security Service, and how she managed as a single mother of two daughters doing such a high profile job. We had the highest watching figures so far for Dame Stella, and some lovely feedback.  We hope we are educating and entertaining you during Lockdown. Do email us: if you would like to be added to our mailing list.
March 10, 2021

Jung Chang, Jenni Murray, Tracy Chevalier, Claire Tomalin on Zoom

WILD SWANS author Jung Chang fascinated us in February 2021, talking about her new book BIG SISTER, LITTLE SISTER, RED SISTER about the Soong sisters who had a huge influence on Chinese politics during the twentieth century.  During Autumn 2020 we enjoyed Talks by Womens Hour presenter Jenni Murray, historian Claire Tomalin on her biography of Jane Austen, and Tracy Chevalier on her novel SINGLE THREAD, set in Winchester Cathedral.
February 25, 2020

Lucy Worsley visit

Royal Historic Palaces curator Lucy Worsley enthralled audiences in June 2019 with her talk on Queen Victoria, and her book about her as a daughter, wife, mother and widow.
February 25, 2020

Alexander McCall Smith visits for Book Aid event

Much loved author of the LADIES NO I DETECTIVE AGENCY had us all in stitches with tales of his writing adventures. This event was in aid of Book Aid International, a charity that supplies books to refugee camps, schools and libraries all over the English speaking world.
February 25, 2020

Clare Balding captivates school audience

Queen of Sports broadcasting Clare Balding visited  Farleigh school recently on a book tour for her latest childrens book, THE HORSE WHO REFUSED TO DANCE.  She captivated us all with stories of the Olympics, growing up with the Queen as a regular visitor at her home, and how she coped with no voice on Ramblings, her BBC Radio 4 series on walking.
January 29, 2019

Alan Johnson

We were lucky to grab Alan Johnson, former Labour Home Secretary and author, en route from Marlborough Literary Festival. He spoke about his love of music, as described in his latest volume of an autobiography: IN MY LIFE.
January 29, 2019

Joa Studholme

Joa Studholme, Farrow & Ball’s Chief Colourist, told us how she mixes the famous paints on her kitchen table in a ramekin, how she is hoping the fad for grey walls is over, and gave us some helpful tips on how to make the most of colour in our houses.
January 29, 2019

Andrew Roberts

Andrew Roberts thrilled audiences with tales from his newly published biography of Churchill. We were lucky enough to be number 3 in a punishing 63 date book tour.
July 12, 2018

Frank Gardner captivates sell-out audience

To a sell-out audience, Frank Gardner captivated and entertained everyone about his new thriller, Ultimatum. He spoke of the influences behind some of his characters and the reasons why he chose particular settings and how writing fiction is a release from the day job with all its hard facts and figures. Fluent in Arabic, Frank also spoke about his career, starting in the army, followed by a stint in banking before boldly giving everything up to move into journalism. He was candid and generous with stories about some of the incidents that have shaped him into the person he is today. The audience could have listened to a lot more but there were book signings and an important quarter-final in […]


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