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The World of David Walliams

Event 76 Friday 9 March, 10am-11am Al Baraha 3, InterContinental

Number one bestselling children’s author, talent show judge and actor David Walliams returns to Dubai to reveal all about his latest laugh-out-loud books!

The author of The Midnight Gang, Grandpa’s Great Escape and new book Bad Dad (about a wild scheme to return stolen loot!) will be talking to his friend and fellow author Andy Riley about hilariously horrible kids, gangsta grannies and ssspectacularly surprising snakes. If that wasn’t enough, there will be a special guest appearance by David’s illustrator, Tony Ross….

You’ll be kicking yourself if you miss this one!

Language: English

Age Group: 6+

The World of David Walliams

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Andy Weir: The Martian and Beyond (Live Video Link)

Event 77 Friday 9 March, 10am-11am Al Baraha 1, InterContinental

Authors: Andy Weir
Andy Weir shot to fame with The Martian, the story of an astronaut stranded on Mars after a mission gone wrong. Fans adored the humorous and scientifically plausible story, which won Weir the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer and was adapted as a hugely successful film starring Matt Damon.

In this live video link session from his home in the US, Weir will reveal all about his Martian adventure and his new novel Artemis, in which smuggler Jazz Bashara gets caught up in a conspiracy in the first city on the moon.

Signed book plates will be available for books purchased at the Festival Bookshop after the session.

Language: English

Andy Weir: The Martian and Beyond (Live Video Link)

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Kate Adie: Women and War

Event 78 Friday 9 March, 12pm-1pm Al Baraha 3, InterContinental

Authors: Kate Adie
Women kept the war machine running during World War One, and lives were changed forever. Are the repercussions still being felt 100 years on? Award-winning journalist Kate Adie has written about women and warfare in her highly acclaimed books Corsets to Camouflage and Fighting on the Home Front, and has extensive experience reporting from war zones around the world – including Rwanda, Yugoslavia, and the first Gulf War. Come along and share in unique insights into the vivid history of ordinary women and their extraordinary deeds in conflict, and the often unsung achievements of women in the armed services today.

Language: English

Kate Adie: Women and War

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Cheryl Strayed: Wild

Event 96 Friday 9 March, 6pm-7pm Al Ras 3, InterContinental

Cheryl Strayed’s life fell apart when she was 22. With nothing to lose, she packed an oversized backpack she called Monster and set off to walk the Pacific Crest Trail – 1000 miles of the American West’s extraordinary wilderness, from deserts to snow-capped mountains.

Her battle with the physical challenges of the trail and the grief that haunted her led her to write the acclaimed memoir Wild, which became the focus of Oprah’s Book Club and was adapted as a feature film starring Reese Witherspoon.

Join Cheryl as she relives that life-changing journey and shares the stories behind her other books, including the inspiring collection of quotes Brave Enough and her novel Torch.

Language: English

Cheryl Strayed: Wild

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Chetan Bhagat: One Indian Girl

Event 101 Friday 9 March, 6pm-7pm Al Ras 2, InterContinental

Authors: Chetan Bhagat
The biggest selling English-language author in India’s history, Chetan Bhagat’s novels and non-fiction alike provoke discussion on a wide range of social problems while entertaining millions of readers.

His seventh novel One Indian Girl explores the demands placed on young women caught between family, career and love, while the advice collected in Make India Awesome offers solutions to issues from religious fundamentalism to discrimination against women.

In his only appearance at the Festival, make sure not to miss Bhagat’s take on life in India today.

Language: English

Chetan Bhagat: One Indian Girl

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My Stir-Fried Life: Dinner with Ken Hom

Event 103 Friday 9 March, 7.30pm-9pm Al Baraha 3, InterContinental

Authors: Ken Hom
Ken Hom is widely regarded as one of the world’s greatest authorities on Asian cooking. His wildly popular books have inspired millions of home cooks, and he paved the way for a generation of celebrity chefs.

His autobiography My Stir-Fried Life tells the inspirational story of his rise from childhood work in his uncle’s restaurant in Chicago to international stardom. It also features a number of his favourite recipes, which will be served in a delicious three course dinner after the talk.

Dress code: smart casual

Guests will be seated at tables of 8 to 10.

Language: English

My Stir-Fried Life: Dinner with Ken Hom

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