Ottolenghi

Cookery demonstration with Yotam Ottolenghi

Monday 24th November, 7.45pm

Yotam Ottolenghi’s previous cookbook – the award-winning Jerusalem- was received to global acclaim. Ottolenghi has revolutionised the way people cook and eat, focussing on flavoursome vegetable dishes, original spicing and the freshness of ingredients. Plenty More picks up where his last vegetarian cookery book Plenty left off, with 120 more dazzling vegetable-based dishes, this time organised […]

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David Mitchell Comedian

Comedian David Mitchell

Tuesday 25th November, 7.45pm

Prized comedian David Mitchell will be delighting us with a tour of the absurdities of modern life – from Ryanair to Downton Abbey, sports day to smoking, Poundland to phone etiquette, UKIP to hotdogs made of cats. David’s latest book Thinking About It Only Makes it Worse! is a funny and provocative look at modern […]

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Cyprian Broodbank

Cyprian Broodbank

Thursday 27th November, 7.30pm

The Making of the Middle Sea charts the rise of the Mediterranean world from its very beginnings up to the threshold of Classical times. For millions of years the Mediterranean has produced some of the most astonishing history and culture on the planet, and its legacy extends around the globe to this day, providing some […]

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John Julius Norwich

Friday 28th November, 7.30pm

John Julius Norwich is the author of The Great Cities in History as well as magisterial histories of Norman Sicily, Venice, and the Byzantine Empire. He has written widely on architecture and music and presented some thirty BBC documentaries, as well as writing every year’s hugely popular Christmas Cracker! More than just a history of […]

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Princess Michael Kent

Princess Michael of Kent

Monday 1st December, 7.30pm

Princess Michael of Kent has proved herself an elegant and insightful historian of Renaissance France. Her researches into her own fascinating ancestry have inspired her fictionalised Anjou Trilogy, the second of which traces the extraordinary rise of the young and innocent Agnes Sorel to the position of official Royal Mistress to Charles VII. An atmospheric […]

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Professor Paul Binski

Tuesday 2nd December, 7.30pm

Cambridge professor of the history of medieval art, Paul Binski, sheds new light on one of the greatest periods of English art and architecture, offering ground-breaking arguments about the role of invention and the powers of Gothic art. By examining notions of what was extraordinary, re-evaluating medieval ideas of authorship, and restoring economic considerations to the […]

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Reading Group: Sculptor’s Daughter by Tove Jansson

Monday 8th December, 7.30pm

Get into the Christmas spirit with this delightfully clear-eyed and evocative mixture of short fiction and autobiography by the creator of Moominland.

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Reading Group: Black Swan Green by David Mitchell

Monday 8th December, 7.30pm

Funny, profound and left-field, thirteen chapters, each a short story in its own right, Black Swan Green creates an exquisitely observed world of boyhood on the cusp of adulthood.

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