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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO NAPOLEON BONAPARTE! Author to present new view of France's onetime Emperor - & long time British bogeyman - at Marlborough LitFestThursday, 15 August 2019 marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of Napoleon Bonaparte. That's almost 250 years worth of theories and stories about the very famous 'Little Corporal' from Corsica who ruled over much of Europe.
This is a reminder to our readers that tickets for the tenth anniversary Marlborough LitFest go on sale later this week - on Thursday, 11 July 2019.
If you were in the LitFest audience of the Memorial Hall last year, you may have caught a glimpse of me. I was hovering in the wings while William Boyd, the great author, told the story of my artistic struggles and tragic demise to a spellbound audience.
I get the applause, but why the laughter?
Saturday (August 10) saw the return of Marlborough Rising Talent at the Town Hall - a free event showcasing the musical ability of various performers from the Marlborough area. This year the musicians each played a longer set, mostly made up of original songs, an admirable feat considering the ages of those who took part.
When Joanne Harris first published Chocolat twenty years ago, she never thought that a novel about a chocolate shop and a small French village would achieve worldwide success and acclaim. A very popular film adaptation and several awards later, Joanne has published the fourth book in the Chocolat series - The Strawberry Thief.
For me the recent discovery of a lost portrait by Diego Velasquez revived memories of the talk given at last year's Marlborough LitFest by Amy Sackville.
Her novel Painter to the King is a fictional account of the artist's life at the Madrid court of Philip IV. Amy Sackville gave a brilliant talk and showed how Velasquez continues to play on her imagination.
Painter to the King is a breath-taking book. It works wonders with words and speech patterns, and it successfully takes you into Diego Velasquez' inspiration and his way of painting - at time almost brush stroke by brush stroke. It certainly confirms the critics' view that Amy Sackville has extraordinary gifts as writer.
Ian Rankin is coming to Marlborough LitFest: a firm fan of Messrs Rankin & Rebus explains their lasting appeal
I have always been a fan of crime and espionage novels, cutting my teeth on Len Deighton and John Le Carre. So, it is somewhat surprising that I came late to Ian Rankin.
Marlborough archaeologist's new book delves into a million years of our history - where does Marlborough fit in?
One of 2019 LitFest's most local authors will be Marlborough resident, archaeologist, writer and broadcaster Mike Pitts. He will be talking about his new book Digging Up Britain: Ten Discoveries, a Million Years of History (to be published by Thames & Hudson on August 29).
Here's a variation on our competition - different but absolutely valid:
Stopping off at Dyffryn Gardens near Cardiff on the way back from a walking week in Pembrokeshire, I came away with a plant I’d been looking out for and a copy of The Salt Path which I found on the shelves of a second-hand book shop.
It somehow seemed the right sort of book to be reading after walking along short stretches of the Wales Coast Path, but I had to wait my turn as my husband got there first.
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