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Peculiar Ground

Lucy Hughes-Hallett Interviewed by Nick Clark

Sunday, 15 October 2017

10:30am

1 hour

Blenheim Palace: The Marlborough Room

£6 - £12

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Award-winning biographer Lucy Hughes-Hallett talks about her first novel – a haunting tale about game keepers, witches, agitators and aristocrats.

Peculiar Ground shifts between the 17th century, as a wall is built around a great house, and the modern era, as a wall both goes up to divide Berlin and later comes down. It is a story of aging, of young love and about how those who seek to wall others out find themselves walled in.

‘A rich layering of history and fiction . . .  Erudite, elegant but easy-going . . .  One of the best novels of the year so far’ The Times

Hughes-Hallett is author of The Pike, a biography of Gabriele d’Annunzio that won the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non Fiction, the Costa Biography Award, the Duff Cooper Prize and the Paddy Power Political Biography of the Year Award. She is also author of Cleopatra: Histories, Dreams and Distortions and Heroes: Saviours, Traitors and Supermen.

Here she talks to Nick Clark, features editor of The Stage and a former arts correspondent of The Independent.

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Blenheim Palace HSBC In partnership with HSBC Desmond and Fiona Heyward Lady Hatch Jill Dunsmore Mary and Cecil Quillen Italian Cultural Institute Owen Mumford Schools programme partner HM Government of Gibraltar Sponsor of festival green room Gibunco Group Hedges Law Lawyers to the festival Seabourn Luxury Cruises Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller European Commission Schools and colleges programme The Oxford Times Regional media partner Bear Ram Elk Digital Strategy and Web Design Eynsham Hall Floris of London Oxford Cultural Collective Macdonald Bear Hotel Festival hotel Princeton University Press Prestige publishing partner Lord’s Taverners Festival sports charity partner The Feathers Hotel The King’s Arms The Sloane Club Literary Review Liaison Financial Services OX magazine K T Bruce Photography Save the Children Bookshop Experience Oxfordshire Wake up to Woodstock