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Richard & Judy’s Festival Book Club

Event 29 Saturday 3 March, 10am-11am Al Baraha 1, InterContinental

Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan found fame as Britain’s foremost daytime TV duo, and have since become the nation’s favourite book-loving couple.

In this session Richard & Judy meet with their pick of Festival authors for a live Book Club session.

The Panellists:

Kevin Kwan is the author of Crazy Rich Asians and its sequels China Rich Girlfriend and Rich People Problems – a satire of Singapore’s uber-wealthy that has been a global hit with readers.

Kate Mosse’s Labyrinth was a standout title in the strong 2006 lineup for the Richard & Judy Book Club and picked up a British Book Award that year. She is working on a new series, the Burning Chambers Trilogy.

Shari Lapena’s gripping domestic thriller The Couple Next Door was a Richard & Judy pick in 2017 and bestseller on both sides of the Atlantic; her new book is A Stranger in the House.

Language: English

Richard & Judy’s Festival Book Club

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Anthony Horowitz: Alex Rider Returns

Event 38 Saturday 3 March, 10am-11am Al Ras 1, InterContinental

Alex Rider is back by popular demand in the new adrenalin-fuelled novel, Never Say Die.

Anthony Horowitz has brought the world’s greatest teenage spy out of (early) retirement to put an end to Scorpia once and for all. Come and hear about the thrilling mission that throws Alex back into a world of deadly secrets, from Egypt to France, with a minefield of dangers along the way. And listen closely for some hints of what to expect in Alex’s next adventure, Nightshade!

Language: English

Age Group: 9+

Anthony Horowitz: Alex Rider Returns

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Digital Diplomacy: Omar Saif Ghobash & Thomas Fletcher

Event 42 Saturday 3 March, 2pm-3pm Al Ras 2, InterContinental

In a world where heads of state can share every idle thought with the world at the push of a button, what’s a diplomat to do?

Two inspiring young diplomats who came of age in the digital era speak frankly about the state of international relations and how to make sure that technology is used responsibly by those with power.

Thomas Fletcher served as British Ambassador to Lebanon from 2011-2015 and is currently Visiting Professor of International Relations at NYUAD. He is the author of The Naked Diplomat: Understanding Power and Politics in the Digital Age.

Omar Saif Ghobash is the UAE’s Ambassador to France and a leading thinker on moderate Islam and the future of the Arab World. His book Letters to a Young Muslim was published in 2017 to international acclaim.

Language: English

Digital Diplomacy: Omar Saif Ghobash & Thomas Fletcher

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Shashi Tharoor: Inglorious Empire

Event 56 Saturday 3 March, 6pm-7pm Al Baraha 3, InterContinental

The British Empire is much mythologised but poorly understood, and its role in Indian history is frequently at the heart of this confusion.

Here to revisit this contested era of history is Shashi Tharoor, outspoken politician and equally outspoken author, whose viral talk on British looting in India led him to write Inglorious Empire: What the British Did to India, a thoroughly researched history of British Imperial misrule.

Tharoor will be in conversation with William Dalrymple, author of White Mughals, The Last Mughal, and new book Kohinoor.

Language: English

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