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  • Dr. Jim Down - Life Support - Diary of an ICU Doctor on the Frontline of the Covid Crisis

    Jim Down had spent his life as a doctor running the intensive care unit at one of London’s top hospitals, but nothing prepared him for Spring 2020, when the pandemic hit.  In Life Support, he tells the extraordinary story of how he and colleagues donned PPE, received an influx of patients, and faced down the biggest challenge in NHS history.  With warmth, honesty and humour his is gripping personal account of the everyday heroism of the NHS staffing a global crisis.

    In conversation with Deirdre Coates
    When: Tuesday 9th November 2021 @ 10.00 am
    Where: The Bull Ballroom
    Sponsored by: Carol Hammick and Adam Tindall
  • Colin Thubron - The Amur River - Between Russia and China

    In his 80th year, Colin Thubron made a dramatic and ambitious journey along the 3000 mile river that divides China and Russia.  The Amur River is almost unknown and Thubron’s journey from the river’s secret source to its giant mouth charts a tremendous journey of adventure.  The book is a shining masterpiece by the acknowledged laureate of travel writing, a lesson in history and offering a unique perspective of two of the world’s superpowers.

    In conversation with Christian Tyler
    When: Tuesday 9th November 2021 @ 12 noon
    Where: The Electric Palace
  • Hugo Vickers - Malice in Wonderland - My Adventures with Cecil Beaton

    Hugo Vicker’s life took a dramatic turn in 1997 when the legendary Sir Cecil Beaton invited him to be his authorised biographer.  The excitement of working with the famous photographer was dashed days later when Beaton died.  Vickers was entrusted with Beaton’s papers, diaries and access to friends and contemporaries.  Vickers has edited the witty and perceptive diaries which reveal the photographer’s many fascinating encounters and his observations of cultural figures of the time as well as members of the Royal Family.

    In conversation with Boris Starling
    When: Tuesday 9th November 2021 @ 2.30 pm
    Where: The Bull Ballroom
    Sponsored by: Rosi and Clive de Ruig
  • Max Porter - The Death of Francis Bacon

    A bold and brilliant short work of fiction by the author of Grief is the Thing with Feathers and Lanny. In a burst of literary brilliance, Max Porter translates into seven extraordinary written pictures the explosive final workings of the artist’s mind. The Death of Francis Bacon is set during the last days of Francis Bacon’s life as he lies dying in Madrid and is written in visceral poetic language which corresponds to Bacon’s style of painting.  One of our most lyrical novelists brings his rich facility for language and psychological insight in this majestic tour de force.

    Tickets: £12/£20 for events 14 and 15 combined

    In conversation with Jon Woolcott
    When: Tuesday 9th November 2021 @ 4.30 pm
    Where: The Bull Ballroom
    Sponsored by: Max McKay-James
  • Natasha Brown - Assembly

    In our new writer slot at BridLit, Natasha Brown’s novel Assembly, follows a black British woman as she prepares to attend a lavish garden party at her boyfriend’s family estate, set deep in the English countryside.  At the same time, she is considering the carefully assembled pieces of herself. Assembly is about the stories we live within - those of race and class, safety and freedom, winners and losers. It is about one woman daring to take control of her own story, even at the cost of her life.

    This can be purchased as an exciting double event with Max Porter, event 14.

    Tickets: £12 /£20 for events 14 and 15 combined

    In conversation with Max Porter
    When: Tuesday 9th November 2021 @ 6.00 pm
    Where: The Bull Ballroom
  • The Journey from Restaurant Empire to Fish Truck – and back again….. During lockdown Dorset born chef,  foodwriter and restaurateur Mark Hix embarked upon exciting new ventures. Since the Spring of 2020, with his characteristic positivity, energy and creativity he opened The Oyster and Fish Truck pitched outside his favourite farm shop on the A35;  reopened his famous Oyster and Fish House in Lyme Regis;  and opened a new restaurant at The Fox Inn, a hidden gem nestled in glorious countryside near Beaminster.  His astonishing  library of cookbooks can also be found there.   Mark’s talent to bring an abundance of foods from local farmers, gamekeepers and fishermen as well as local beers and spirits is unrivalled, as is his reputation. If you purchase a ticket including the meal afterwards, this will be provided by the venue, Slader's Yard, not Mark Hix himself.

    Tickets: £12/37 (including dinner)

    In conversation with Prue Keely
    When: Tuesday 9th November 2021 @ 6.30 pm
    Where: Sladers Yard

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