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Sunday 6th May C O N S U L T U S 5.15-6.15pm £12

Adult Day

M A R Q U E E Anne de Courcy The Husband Hunters: Social Climbing in London and New York Around the turn of the 20th century social climbing American heiresses crossed the pond to find titled husbands with power and privilege, bringing with them fabulous wealth, glamour and the sophistication of the Gilded Age. Anne de Courcy will reveal the motives and attitudes of these young women and why their invasion was much more than a case of cash for titles. With her extensive firsthand research, drawing on diaries, memoirs and letters, Anne will divulge what they thought of their new lives in England – and what England thought of them. Anne de Courcy is the author many acclaimed works of social history including The Fishing Fleet, The Viceroy’s Daughter and Debs at War. Sponsored by The Ivy, Tunbridge Wells

6.30-7.30pm £12

Adam Kay with Cathy Rentzenbrink This Is Going to Hurt Meet former junior doctor Adam Kay in conversation with Cathy Rentzenbrink, discussing the funniest book ever written about the NHS. The diaries, written when Kay worked as a junior doctor specialising in obstetrics and gynaecology, show him tackling horrific injuries, elderly drinkers and life-threatening birth complications. Although the book revels in the dark comedy of hospital life, it closes with a career-ending incident that left Adam fearful of making decisions about patients’ treatment forcing him to ditch his career as a doctor. Adam Kay is an award-winning comedian and writer for TV and film. This Is Going to Hurt became an instant bestseller and won the Blackwell’s Debut Book of the Year 2017, Sunday Times Humour Book of the Year, iBooks Book of the Year and Books Are My Bag Non-Fiction Prize. Cathy Rentzenbrink is the author of The Last Act of Love and A Manual for Heartache. Sponsored by The Rock Inn

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Chiddingstone Castle Literary Festival 2018  

Chiddingstone Castle Literary Festival 2018  

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