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Balham Literary Festival announces 2019 line-up

The Balham Literary Festival returns 13-25th June with a spectacular line-up featuring vegan cooking star Rachel Ama, novelist Max Porter, crime writer Mick Herron and esteemed philosopher AC Grayling. A staple of the London literary calendar, this year’s festival will host a dazzling array of events with discussions ranging from climate change to crime fiction, whilst celebrating some of best talent south London has to offer. Highlights of the festival are set to include an event with AC Grayling who will preview his new book The History of Philosophy, delving into some of the greatest minds in the world from antiquity to present; former Crystal Palace resident Max Porter will discuss his audacious, strange and wonderful new workLanny, the follow-up to his hugely successful Grief is the Thing with Feathers; and YouTube sensationRachel Ama will share quick and easy recipes from her new book Vegan Eats. Addressing pressing social concerns, The Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Adam Weymouth will discuss his prize-winning book Kings of the Yukon and reflect on the environmental issues …

Clear Bright Future: Paul Mason with Mary Ann Sieghart

Join Dulwich Books for an evening with the award-winning writer, broadcaster, and film-maker Paul Mason as he discusses his new work, Clear Bright Future. In Clear Bright Future, Paul Mason calls for a radical, impassioned defence of the human being, our universal rights and freedoms and our power to change the world around us. Ranging from economics to Big Data, from neuroscience to the culture wars, he draws from his on-the-ground reporting from mass protests in Istanbul to riots in Washington, as well as his own childhood in an English mining community, to show how the notion of humanity has become eroded as never before. Paul argues that we are still capable – through language, innovation and co-operation – of shaping our future. Paul will be in conversation with the journalist and broadcaster Mary Ann Sieghart. Mary Ann is currently a Visiting Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, writing a book about why we don’t accord as much authority to women as to men. For nearly 20 years, Mary Ann was Assistant Editor and political …

The Last Word: Suzanne Hemming

My name is Suze Hemming and I live on Lordship Lane with my husband Rich, and our daughter Thea who is almost 6.  I used to work in the film and TV industry, but am now an author, writing rhyming children’s books.  How long have you lived in the area? We moved here in October 2001, so it’ll be 18 years this year! What brought you here? We were living in our first 1 bed flat in Tooting Bec and wanted to try and buy somewhere with a garden.  One day we took an A to Z (shows how long ago it was!) and drove around looking at areas we’d never been to before. We drove down East Dulwich Grove, onto Lordship Lane and decided to stay! What do you most value about the area/street you live in?  The sense of community that’s here. People who live outside of London often say Londoners are an unfriendly bunch, but that’s not been our experience since we moved to East Dulwich. Do you know your neighbours? Yes!  …

‘Disturbance’ by Marianne Kavanagh

‘Disturbance’ is a new book from local author, Marianne Kavanaugh, which is published in hardback this week. Sara lives with her husband Mike, a successful entrepreneur, and their two sons in the Old Rectory, a large house hidden behind tall hedges in a small village. Mike, perceived by his friends to be the doting father and loving husband, is currently working at home and is becoming increasingly angry and irritable. Sara feels isolated and lonely. When eighteen-year-old Katie, a student living in the village, rings the doorbell and offers to walkSara’s dog, a new friendship develops. Katie is young and full of energy, the perfect antidote to Sara’sbullying husband. Katie encourages her to get out and about and meet the neighbours. When a shocking accident happens in the house, and Mike’s sister arrives from Australia and begins asking awkward questions, disturbing truths emerge. Nothing is quite what it seems. Innocence and guilt are not clear cut. This is a novel about the secrets within a marriage and relationships under so much pressure they crack. It’s …

What’s on at Dulwich Books this March

Wednesday 27th March 2019 John Lanchester on The Wall, with Razia Iqbal John Lanchester writes with such clarity and effectiveness that his prose is a pleasure I always look forward to. His previous novels have all been memorable evocations of the world we’re familiar with, but The Wall is something new: almost an allegory, almost a dystopian-future warning, partly an elegant study of the nature of storytelling itself. I was hugely impressed by it. Philip Pullman Kavanagh begins his life patrolling the Wall. If he’s lucky, if nothing goes wrong, he has only two years of this: 729 more nights… The Wall is the long-awaited new novel from John Lanchester, bestselling author of Capital.A thrilling and hypnotic work of fiction, it is a mystery story, a love story, a war story and a story about a voyage. The Wall is a novel about why the young are right to distrust the old. It’s about a broken world you will recognise as your own – and about what might be found when all is lost. Don’t miss the …