News - Books at the Barn


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!
June 3, 2014

Douglas Hurd gets warm reception at Books at the Barn

The audience were captivated by ex-Foreign Secretary Douglas Hurd on a recent visit to Books at the Barn. He talked about his new book DISRAELI OR TWO LIVES, which received rave reviews when published in 2013.
February 24, 2014

Max Hastings Gets Record Audience

Military historian and ex-Telegraph editor Max Hastings addressed an audience of 250 at Farleigh school, to discuss his new book, CATASTROPHE, about the outbreak of World War One.
February 24, 2014

Downton Abbey Comes To Books at the Barn

The Countess of Carnarvon, owner of Highclere castle, back by popular demand, visited Books at the Barn for the second time to talk about her latest book, LADY CATHERINE AND THE REAL DOWNTON ABBEY.


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