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  • Berlin is seen by many as the most fascinating and exciting city in Europe. Barney White-Spunner tells the story of this extraordinary city from its medieval origins to the present day, describing it as a city on the edge - geographically, culturally, politically and morally. A city that has given rise to movements that changed Europe - the Reformation, Marxism and Fascism. This is a story of tension and contradiction, of ground breaking cultural experiment and artistic and social liberation. It is the compelling story of a unique, absorbing and multi-faceted city.

    When: Wednesday 4th November 2020 @ 11.00am
    Where: Electric Palace
  • Alastair Campbell, best known as Tony Blair’s chief spokesman and strategist, is also a writer of fiction and non-fiction and an Ambassador for several mental health charities. His new book: Living Better is an honest, moving and life affirming account of his lifelong struggle with depression. It is an autobiographical, psychological and psychiatric study which explores his own childhood, family and relationships.  It also examines the impact of his professional and political life on himself and those around him. Tony Blair says of him: ‘Alastair is living proof that it is possible to have depression and yet achieve so much’.

    Living Better is a raw and revealing narrative and possibly the most important achievement of Alastair’s colourful and varied life.  It is also a book  which could save lives.

    In conversation with Susannah Simons
    When: Thursday 5th November 2020 @ 6.30pm
    Where: Electric Palace
  • Kim Darroch was British Ambassador to the US as the age of Trump dawned and Brexit unfolded. One of the UK’s most experienced and respected diplomats, he was given the task of explaining Trump to the British and Brexit to the Americans. Choosing to resign after confidential cables criticising the administration were leaked to the press, this is the first time Darroch has spoken of his time in the top job, how the leak unfolded, that Trump tweet and Boris Johnson’s (then Foreign Secretary) headline making reaction. The best informed insider and the first British official to be candid on the current situation, Darroch details the highs and lows of life in the swamp and the challenges of dealing with the former TV star’s White House and his extraordinary inter-action with key players inside the administration including Jared Kushner and Michael Cohen. He gives a pacey, honest account rich in anecdote and colour.

    Lord Darroch flies back to England from the US on the 6th November having been an influential part of the Sky News team covering this year’s Presidential Election. We will know by then whether Trump has managed to win back the Presidency and Darroch will share his views which will be as ever frank and revealing.

    In conversation with Sir Oliver Letwin

    When: Saturday 7th November 2020 @ 6.30pm
    Where: Electric Palace