12.30pm Hotel du Vin
£40 per person with a two-course meal
Henley Literary Festival Lunch with Gyles Brandreth
2 October Over the years, Gyles has made Henley laugh, think and wonder. Now he returns to entertain us again at a unique event – the first Henley Literary Festival Lunch. The much-loved raconteur, broadcaster and former MP will be in the elegant but intimate surroundings of the Hotel du Vin, where you’ll enjoy a top-rate two-course meal alongside one of the funniest men in the country. Never lost for words, as his countless television and radio appearances testify, he is also a writer of some repute. Enjoy fine food, great company and words to match. Individual tickets or full tables of 10 available for booking.
Barnaby Phillips and Robert Gildea
Book Club Friday: Cesca Major 12.30pm Town Hall
After last year’s sell-out – earning a repeat outing at this year’s BritMums Live event in London – Amanda returns to Henley, this time in the role of host. Cesca’s acclaimed debut, The Silent Hours centres around an event that devastated a small, unoccupied French village in the Second World War. Fellow local author Nicola this year signed a seven-book deal for a series of romantic comedies. Three terrific novelists with local connections, making for the perfect early start to the weekend.
Sponsored by Laithwaite’s Wine
2.30pm Town Hall
Discover two fascinating accounts of the Second World War behind enemy lines. In Another Man’s War, award-winning Al Jazeera correspondent Barnaby tells the story of Isaac Fadoyebo – who, at the age of 16, ran away from his Nigerian village to join the British Army in 1942. He travelled to the Burmese jungle where the Japanese ambushed his unit and left him for dead, but thanks to the help of a local family he was able to survive. In Fighters in the Shadows, Robert draws on first-person accounts to tell how the French and foreigners who took refuge in France reacted to the German occupation of 1940-44, and how the story of the many strands of the Resistance has been remoulded ever since.
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