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Maureen Lipman, Blenheim Literary Festival, Oxford

******** Maureen Lipman is, god knows how ‘mature’ but hell has she got pizzaz!
I mean seriously, I thought she was middle aged when I was watching Doctor Who (and I’m talking about Jon Pertwee here).
But her entrance this evening was nothing short of joyous.
Here to promote her new book, ‘It’s a Jungle Out There’, she walked in with all the savvy and sass of May West and Jane Fonda combined.
A tour de force, literally, of wit, presence and warmth, she left me - and I’m sure everyone else - frankly beguiled. While her latest published tome, a sly, wickedly wry mash-up of animals and celebrities such as Wayne Kangarooney, Prawn French, Meryl Sheep, Pigasso and… well you get the picture - merely provided the launch pad for a stream of absurd consciousness that was both cutting and generous in equal measure.
In fact, you know that hoary old chestnut about whom, out of history, you’d most like to have dinner with, I used to say Churchill or Eve, but now I’m not so sure.
Maureen, thank you. I grinned all the way home.

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

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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