London’s International Festival of Arts and Ideas

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Events Archive

Daniel Finkelstein, Jonathan Freedland
Thursday, 2 March 2017 - 8:30pm


Finkelstein and Freedland are two of the UK’s most brilliant social and political commentators: questing, clear-headed, frequently impassioned. Writing from radically different perspectives, they have analysed and dissected every major event and pressing issue of recent times.

Bettany Hughes, Peter Frankopan
Thursday, 2 March 2017 - 7:00pm

Istanbul has always been a place where stories and histories collide and crackle. In her epic new biography, Istanbul, Bettany Hughes takes us on a dazzling historical journey through one of the world’s greatest cities as it transmogrified from Byzantium to Constantinople to Istanbul.

Sebastian Mallaby
Thursday, 2 March 2017 - 7:00pm

Winner of the 2016 FT & McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award, Sebastian Mallaby’s biography of this titan of finance brilliantly renders the subtlety and complexity of Greenspan’s legacy in a gripping account of high-octane political infighting, hard hitting dialogue and previously unknown stories. 

Barrington Black, Michael Freedland, Chair: Jonathan Goldberg
Thursday, 2 March 2017 - 2:30pm

Mr Justice Barrington Black was one of the UK’s best-known criminal defence lawyers. His old brother-in-arms, journalist and broadcaster Michael Freedland, is author of more than 40 biographies and presenter of, among other radio shows, the celebrated You Don’t Have To Be Jewish.

Naftali Brawer, Jonathan Romain
Thursday, 2 March 2017 - 1:00pm

Bring all your questions, puzzles and dilemmas for the experts to grapple with in a truly interactive event. The JC’s Rabbinic authorities – Naftali Brawer and Jonathan Romain – will consider all your quandaries about matters Jewish from their respective Orthodox and Progressive points of view.


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David Grossman speaks with Mark Lawson at a special out-of-fesitval event.