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Joanna Rossiter, author of The Sea Change, on the route from Istanbul to India trodden by a generation of 20-somethings.
Matt Rudd, author of The English: A Field Guide, finds out if any of the stereotypes about the English - queueing, binge-drinking, leylandii hedges - are actually true.
From blockbuster gallery exhibitions to cinematic opera, the global appetite for art has never been greater. But will today's emerging artists manage to inspire the same level of reverence as those of the past few centuries? Is greatness conceivable in local or national terms, or global ones? Can art still aspire to be universal, or simply globalised?
Venue: the Gallery at Foyles, Third Floor, 113 - 119 Charing Road, London WC2H 0EBTickets: £7.50/5.00 via www.battleofideas.org.uk or call 020 7269 9220