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Sylvia Nasar and Kate Atkinson


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Our fabulous double bills are back – bringing you three big nights of international writers, presented back-to-back. From genre-bending fiction bestsellers to young adult authors with cult followings, and non-fiction superstars who’ll change the way you view the world … we’ve got a little something for everyone. You can cherry-pick your favourite authors and book individual events, or make a night of it and see two authors at once. It’s up to you.

6:45pm – 7:45pm and 8:30pm – 9:30pm (includes a 45 minute interval).

Sylvia Nasar’s mega-bestseller A Beautiful Mind was ‘perhaps the best economics-related book of the past quarter-century’, according to the New York TimesIn Grand Pursuit, this master storyteller traces the birth and progress of modern economics, which grew from the idea that humans can determine our own lives, on a society-sized scale. She traces this relatively new idea from the days of Dickens, to Marx and Engels, then the current day … making economic history matter. Sylvia will be joined in conversation by Christine Kenneally.

(This session can also be booked separately here.)

Kate Atkinson’s first book, Behind the Scenes of the Museum, beat Salman Rushdie to win the Whitbread Book of the Year. Since then, she’s captured readers’ hearts with her tough-but-empathetic Yorkshire PI, Jackson Brodie. Her latest book, the wildly inventive Life After Life, is shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction – and hotly tipped for this year’s Booker. What if you had the chance to live your life again and again, until you got it right? The characters in this genre-bending book get just that. Atkinson will be in conversation with Sue Turnbull.

(Tickets for this session only can be booked here.)

Kate Atkinson is presented in association with Sisters in Crime.


Kate Atkinson

Kate Atkinson won the Whitbread (now Costa) Book of the Year prize with her first novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum, and has been a critically acclaimed international author ever since. Her most recent four bestsellers featured the former private detective Jackson Brodie: Case Histories, One Go... Read more

Christine Kenneally

Christine Kenneally is an award-winning journalist and author who has written for the New Yorker, the New York Times, Slate, Time, New Scientist, Scientific American, the Monthly, BuzzFeed and other publications. She writes about identity, culture, and science, and her stories have covered death in ... Read more

Sylvia Nasar

Sylvia Nasar is the author of A Beautiful Mind, which inspired the Academy-Award-winning movie and was translated into 30 languages. She was an economics correspondent for The New York Times and is the John S. and James L. Knight Professor of Business Journalism at Columbia University. Her work has ... Read more


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