Big Week – The RAF’s Historical Battle by James Holland

100 years have passed since the birth of the RAF, and a mere 74 years have passed since the World War II Normandy Landings we have collectively come to know as D Day. In the run up to the largest seaborne invasion in history, however, was the largest battle by air that anyone had known. This was Operation Argument, and bestselling historian and broadcaster James Holland tells the story of the unbelievable events that took place in his new book, Big Week.

Explaining and detailing Operation Argument and the plan to force the German Luftwaffe to submit in one fell swoop, James delves into the complex history and the stunning reality of World War II, contextualising the crucial actions on the ground that lead to those in the sky. The story of Operation Argument and the Big Week that followed it is audacious, thrilling, and, at times startling – and all true. James will be delivering a fantastic illustrated talk at this year’s festival about his new book with pictures, mind blowing facts, and captivating insight to the strategies and strikes that were instrumental to victory, to which we owe the world as we know today.

Make sure to book tickets while they’re still available, it’s set to be an enthralling and illuminating talk about a topic so close to the heart of our history.

Sunday 4th Nov / Event 24
11 AM
The Electric Palace
*Please note the new date, time, and venue*

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London Rules – Crime Time With Mick Herron

Crime and Thriller are genres rarely shared with Comedy, and that is largely due to the fact that it takes a certain spin, a particular tone to marry the two. Multi award-winner Mick Herron strikes this balance with anti-protagonist Jackson Lamb, and a spy story suffuse with subterfuge, skulduggery, and side-splitting jokes.  London Rules is the fifth explosive instalment of Mick Herron’s spy series, and it is a masterclass in simultaneously wielding comedy and tension. Set in our post-referendum world, MI5 agent Jackson Lamb brashly tackles terror and terrorism and the perils of our shifting society with pacing and wit that has us laughing and gasping in turns.

Applauded as “a very funny writer, but also a serious plotter” by The Guardian, Herron has a wealth of knowledge on what makes a spy story tick, which may be why he’s been drawing comparisons as the new generation’s answer to the legendary Le Carre! Ready to take to the BridLit stage soon, Mick will be discussing how he puts his imagination to task to create a crime story in conversation with fellow crime novelist Daphne Wright. This is a must for lovers of espionage – and those who enjoy belly laughter. With heart-racing plot twists and dark humour abundant, Mick’s event is set to be as fascinating as his novel.

Don’t miss this spectacular glimpse into the inner workings of a comic crime writer’s mind – book tickets while you still can!

Alongside London Rules, copies of another of Mick’s novels, The Drop, will be available for signing! The Drop is a tale of spooks, double agents and collateral damage –

“A drop, in spook parlance, is the passing on of secret information.
It is also what happens just before you hit the ground.”

Friday 9th Nov/ Event 30
2.30 PM
Electric Palace

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Box Office: Bridport Tourist Information Centre, The Town Hall, Bridport, DT6 3LF
Tel: 01308 424 901

Being a Beast, Charles Foster’s Foraging Foray

What is the quintessential difference between humans from their co-inhabiters of Earth? Is the line between man and animal one so easily drawn? And could a man, with enough conviction, turn himself into a beast?

Charles Foster‘s book, Being a Beast, wonders too. Called “wild and whimsical” by The Times, and “funny and profound” by The Guardian, this book is a unique find. Dedicating himself to the task of understanding the private lives of beasts, Charles lived (and ate) as a badger for weeks, hid in rivers like an otter, and lay waste to the content of London bins like an urban fox. An Oxford Fellow, Charles specialises in anthropology, evolutionary biology, philosophy and natural history. The result of his wild adventure and wilder curiosity is this memoir, filled to the brim with outrageous anecdotes coupled with species study and neuro-scientific explorations. This is an intimate study of the all things bright and beautiful and the human animal. Really beastly business.

Part of the proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Common Ground, the West Dorset based environmental arts charity.

Book tickets to see Charles Foster in conversation with James Crowden, prepare for something special.

Saturday 12th November / Event 24
Time: 2.30 pm
Tickets: £12
Location: The Electric Palace

To book tickets, contact the Box Office over the phone or in person.
Box Office: Bridport Tourist Information Centre, The Town Hall, Bridport, DT6 3LF
Tel: 01308 424 901