Friday, 12 April 2013

Oundle Literature Festival

Friday 19th April : Peter Murphy talks about his new book "A Higher Duty"    

Peter Murphy was born in 1946. After graduating from Cambridge University he spent a career in the law, as an advocate and teacher, both in England and the United States. His legal work included a number of years in The Hague as defence counsel at the Yugoslavian War Crimes Tribunal. He lives with his wife, Chris, in Cambridgeshire.

A Higher Duty is the first in an exciting new series set in 1960s London, detailing the prejudice and scandals of working at the Bar at this time.

Four barristers in two fiercely competitive chambers represent the opposing sides of a bitter divorce. Intrigue, hypocrisy, blackmail and long concealed murder result in a deadly game of double bluff.

Peter’s own experiences obviously add greatly to the atmosphere and accuracy of the book. His work has been compared to the BBC drama Silk and ITV's Kavanagh QC.

Peter Murphy is at St Peter's Church, Oundle at 7.30pm on Friday 19th April. 

Anne de Courcy tells us about her latest book "The Fishing Fleet: Husband Hunting in the Raj" - Friday 3rd May  
Anne de Courcy is a well-known writer, journalist and book reviewer. In the 1970s she was Woman’s Editor on the London Evening News until its demise in 1980, when she joined the Evening Standard as a columnist and feature-writer. In 1982 she joined the Daily Mail as a feature writer, with a special interest in historical subjects, leaving in 2003 to concentrate on books, on which she has talked widely both here and in the United States.

The Fishing Fleet was the name given to the countless young ladies that travelled to India during the Raj in search of excitement and adventure.

A hectic social life greeted them on arrival, with tiger-shooting, parties and balls, and with men outnumbering women four to one, romances and marriages were frequent – but after the honeymoon life often changed dramatically.

Anne de Courcy explores the reality of life for these young adventuresses on the other side of the world, and with the help of diaries and letters rescued from attics she brings this forgotten era vividly to life.

Anne de Courcy is at St Peter's Church, Oundle at 7.30pm on Friday 3rd May.


Saturday 18th May : Jason Lewis, explorer and author, who will be talking about the first human-powered circumnavigation of the Earth, described in his trilogy "The Expedition".         

Jason Lewis is an award-winning adventurer, author, and sustainability activist specializing in human-powered expeditions.

In 2007, he became the first person to circumnavigate the Earth without using motors or sails: walking, cycling, and inline skating five continents, and kayaking, swimming, rowing, and pedalling a boat across the rivers, seas, and oceans. Taking thirteen years to complete, the 46,505-mile journey was hailed “the last great first for circumnavigation” by the Sunday Times.

Jason will be talking about his new book which is called "Dark Waters" and is the first part of a trilogy entitled "The Expedition".

During his journey he survived a terrifying crocodile attack off Australia’s Queensland coast, blood poisoning in the middle of the Pacific, malaria in Indonesia and China and acute mountain sickness in the Himalayas. He was hit by a drunk driver and left for dead with two broken legs in Colorado and incarcerated for espionage on the Sudan-Egypt border Sudan-Egypt border…

“An epic journey that few can rival… I admire Jason's tenacity so much.” Bear Grylls

Jason Lewis is at St Peter's Church, Oundle at 7.30pm on Saturday 18th May.
Tickets £7 (£5) from Oundle Box Office 01832 274734

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