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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 […]
March 19, 2018

William Dalrymple & Anita Anand on the KOH-I-NOOR DIAMOND

The historian William Dalrymple and his co-author, BBC Radio 4’s Anita Anand, gave a fantastic double lecture at our Books at the Barn Oxfordshire venue, on the story of the most famous diamond in the world, the KOH-I-NOOR. We were lucky to catch them on a busy promotional tour for the book, and we hope we can tempt them to our Hampshire venue for the paperback of KOH-I-NOOR.
March 19, 2018

Terry Waite visits Books at the Barn

We were extremely honoured to receive a visit from Terry Waite recently. He came to tell us about the experience of being held hostage in the Lebanon, and how it has affected his life in the twenty five years since his release.
March 19, 2018

Local novelist and playwright, Barney Norris visits Books at the Barn

Barney Norris visited Books at the Barn recently to talk about his new novel TURNING FOR HOME. Local author Norris is the author of the bestselling FIVE RIVERS MEET ON A WOODED PLAIN, set in Salisbury. He was brought up in Salisbury and Andover and so was of particular interest to our Hampshire audience.   His latest novel, TURNING FOR HOME, is set in the village of Penton Mewsey, a few miles from the Books at the Barn venue,  and has received fantastic reviews.
June 8, 2015

Charles Spencer captivates audience with his account of Charles 11’s escapades hiding from Cromwell’s Army

Charles Spencer enthralled a sell out audience at Books at the Barn recently with his talk on his latest book TO CATCH A KING. This tells the gripping story of how the future Charles 11 went on the run from Cromwell’s army, for six months, hiding in the houses of the British people, in various disguises.
September 15, 2014

CAMERON AT 10, Prime Minister’s biographer visited Books at the Barn

Radio 4’s Today Programme Editor, Peter Snowdon visited Books at the Barn. The timing, pre- the Brexit vote, was perfect and we gained an incisive insight into Cameron’s character which in turn gave us a more detailed understanding of how he approached his premiership.
June 3, 2014

Tracy Borman on Thomas Cromwell

following hot on the heels of the BBC adaptation of WOLF HALL, royal curator of the historic palaces Tracy Borman came to Books at the Barn to fill us in on the real Thomas Cromwell. Her meticulous research about this complicated character fascinated us all, and we can’t wait to see Tracy on TV later this year!
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