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Bookshop Barnie Xmas Bash Balloon Debate

Wednesday 17th December 2014 6:30pm - 8pm 107 Charing Cross Road Literary Event, Chargeable Event

Once again it's time for the annual Bookshop Barnie Battle for the Best Book in the World.

Come and enjoy the Christmas atmosphere, good company, great books and the debate itself as seven brave souls argue for 'the most important book in the world'. Each has just two and a half minutes to present their argument.

This year's contestants are:

  • Paul Morley (TV critic) on Vladimir Nabokov's Pale Fire
  • Michael Daley (Director, ArtWatch UK; illustrator, Standpoint magazine) on Euclid's Elements
  • Heather Wakefield (Head of Local Government, Unison) on Carolyn Steedman's Landscape for a Good Woman
  • Michael Shaw (Programme Director, TES) on Houlston and Sons' Enquire Within Upon Everything
  • Alan Hudson (Director, Leadership Programmes for China, Oxford University) on Herman Melville's Moby-Dick
  • Graham Stringer MP (member, Science & Technology Select Committee) on Nigel Lawson's An Appeal to Reason: A Cool Look at Global Warming
  • Annie Warburton, (Creative Programmes Director, Crafts Council on Homer's The Odyssey


Hosted by Austin Williams, director of the Future Cities Project.

The debate will commence at 6:30pm, but join us for a drink from 6pm.

Venue: The Auditorium at Foyles, Level 6, 107 Charing Cross Road

Tickets: Free, but reservation is necessary as space is limited. Just RSVP to to book your place.


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