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When: 5th September 2024,        7.30pm - 9pm
Where: St Peter's Church, Oundle

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Kicking off our Autumn programme is a highly-anticipated author talk with Professor Chris Lintott

BBC presenter of 'Sky at Night', and Gresham Professor of Astronomy, Chris is giving a talk on his latest book, ‘Our Accidental Universe’.

Described as "a riveting real-life Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy”, Chris takes us on an astonishing tour of bizarre accidents, big characters, and human error to tell the story of some of the most important astronomical events of the past hundred years.


The talk will be followed by a Q&A and book signings. 

Tickets can be purchased via TicketSouce (link below),

or in person at the Oundle Bookshop (cash only).

Praise for Professor Chris Lintott's work
 

'Superbly written insights.' - Professor Brian Cox
 

'Chris Lintott is a modest genius. He has quietly revolutionized modern astronomy.' - Brian May
 

'Lintott deftly interweaves personal experience and more philosophical ruminations.' Michael West, Nature

When: 10th October 2024,     6.30pm - 8.45pm
Where: St Peter's Church, Oundle

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In October, we have the pleasure of hosting the wonderful Terry Deary for an Author talk. Terry will be discussing his latest book, 'A History of Britain in Ten Enemies'. 


About the book:
Discover British history as you've never seen it before in this ridiculously funny book for adults by the multimillion-copy bestselling author of the Horrible Histories.

Ah, Britain. So special. The greatest nation on earth, some say. And we did it all on our own. Didn’t we?

Well... not quite.

As it happens Britannia got its name from the Romans, and for the past two centuries we have been ruled by Germans. As Horrible Histories author Terry Deary argues, nations and their leaders are defined by the enemies they make.


- Elizabeth I would count as a minor royal without the Spanish Armada
- Without the Nazis, Churchill would be remembered as an opposition windbag
- The surprisingly sadistic Boudica would be forgotten if it weren't for the Roman Ninth Legion

And after all, every nation sometimes needs a bit of unifying Blitz spirit (although in an ideal world, we wouldn’t have accidentally let Corporal Hitler go in the first place).

The British have a proud history of choosing their enemies, from the Romans to the Germans. You might even say those enemies made Britain what it is today...

A History of Britain in Ten Enemies is a witty, whistlestop tour through the history of Britain that will have you laughing as you find out what they didn't teach you in school.



The talk will be followed by a Q&A and book signings. 

Tickets can be purchased via TicketSouce (link below),

or in person at the Oundle Bookshop (cash only).

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When: 22nd November 2024,     7.30pm - 9pm
Where: Venue TBC (Oundle)

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In November, we will be joined by expert and advisor on Russia, Keir Giles, who will talk about his latest book, 'Who Will Defend Europe: An Awakened Russia and a Sleeping Continent.'

 

In this urgent, vital book, Keir Giles lays out the stark choices facing leaders and societies as they confront the return of war in Europe. He explains how the West’s unwillingness to confront Russia has nurtured the threat, and that Putin’s ambition puts the whole continent at risk. He assesses the role and deficiencies of NATO as a guarantor of hard security, and whether the EU or coalitions of the willing can fill the gap. Above all, Giles emphasises the need for new leadership in defence of the free world after the US has stepped aside— and warns that the UK’s brief moment of setting the pace for Europe has already been squandered.


The talk will be followed by a Q&A and book signings. 

Tickets can be purchased via TicketSouce (link below),

or in person at the Oundle Bookshop (cash only).

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