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THE LONDON LITERATURE FESTIVAL

Calling all book lovers. London is the place to be this month, as its annual literature festival kicks off on 13 October and continues until the beginning of November. Housed within the Southbank Centre and featuring live readings, workshops and talks from the great and good of the literary world, it’s an event not to be missed.

Encompassing the 50th anniversary of Poetry International and focusing on shared humanity, it’s safe to say there will be something to appeal to all literature fans, whatever their tastes. So, what are the hottest tickets at this year’s London Literature Festival?

Hillary Rodham Clinton – What Happened

A year ago, many thought that Hillary Clinton would be the 45th president of the USA, but fast forward to now and it’s not the former first lady who is in the White House. All that’s left to ask is what happened? It’s a question that Clinton has addressed in her autobiographical book that documents the campaign and will no doubt make for interesting reading.

Clinton will make just two public appearances in the UK to promote the tome entitled What Happened, and one of them will be at the London Literature Festival. She will be talking about the book and the events that influenced it on 15 October.

Annie Leibovitz: Portraits 2005-2016

There’s nothing like a good coffee table book and the latest to be produced by Phaidon will showcase photographs from one of the biggest talents behind the camera that the world has ever known. Annie Leibovitz: Portraits 2005-2016 is a collection of pictures bringing all sorts of people – from Meryl Streep and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie to those living their everyday lives in America – into sharp focus.

Leibovitz will present a number of works from the book as she addresses an audience on 22 October as part of the festival. There is also the opportunity for fans to pre-order limited first editions of the book signed by Leibovitz when booking tickets for the event.

Philip Pullman – La Belle Sauvage

Philip Pullman may be known as a writer for older children, but the themes in his books and the topics he tackles are so sophisticated that he’s well worth listening to, whether you’re a child or adult. 22 years after the first volume of His Dark Materials was published, a new addition to the world of Lyra Belacqua is set to hit the bookshelves.

Pullman will discuss La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One on stage on 20 October. His exploration of the novel will look at the writing process and why he decided it was the right time to add to the series. While alethiometers and daemons will continue to enchant younger audiences, adults will find it hard not to draw parallels between Lyra’s world and modern-day politics, increasing the interest for all ages.

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