Top 5: Authors You'll Have Seen on Telly

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This article is from 2009.

Top 5: Authors You'll Have Seen on Telly

Now where have I seen that writer before? Chances are on the gogglebox. Here’s a bunch of Charlotte Square TV types

Pauline McLynn
It’s probably the kind of thing that really irks an author trying to break out from the shell of their most recognisable role, but with McLynn, all you can really think about is Mrs Doyle determinedly offering a cup of tea with the words: ‘go on, go on, go on’. Yet here she is with some crime novels to her name plus Missing You Already, an Alzheimer’s-based drama. 30 Aug, 8.30pm, £9 (£7).

Charley Boorman

Ewan McGregor’s intrepid buddy puts the brakes on his hectic life for an hour to chat about his many madcap adventures, the most recent of which took him from Ireland to Australia using ‘local transport’ only. 27 Aug, 6.30pm, £9 (£7).

Melvyn Bragg
The nasally legend of The South Bank Show reflects on the nature of love in this event featuring his latest work, Remember Me, a story spanning four decades. 29 Aug, 11.30am, £9 (£7).

Sarah Dunant
She set the pulse of many a red-blooded 80s man racing with those round coloured specs and curly hair while keeping guests from killing each other on The Late Show but she’s put all that frippery behind her to open some highly successful crime novels and historical dramas. 29 Aug, 10.30am, £9 (£7).

Andrew Roberts
He may be stridently right wing, but that hasn’t stopped Roberts from giving us some pretty compelling history documentary series primarily Beeb2’s The Secrets of Leadership which focussed on the varying styles of Churchill, Hitler, JFK and MLK. 31 Aug, 2pm, £9 (£7).

This article is from 2009.

Andrew Roberts

SECOND WORLD WAR Leading historian Andrew Roberts shows the impact of personality on history by presenting a revealing portrait of the four architects of victory in the West during the Second World War: political masters Churchill and Roosevelt, and the lesser-known military commanders Alan Brooke and George Marshall.

Charley Boorman

THE BAILLIE GIFFORD EVENT Charley Boorman has never enjoyed taking the easy route. In his latest fantastic adventure, he and his friends travel from his hometown in Ireland using any mode of local transport they can get their hands on to drive, ride and sail their way to Sydney. Through recounting the highs and lows of…

Melvyn Bragg

THE SCOTTISHPOWER EVENT One of our most consistently humane novelists adds another chapter to his distinguished literary career with Remember Me..., a passionate, ultimately tragic love story spanning forty years from the early 1960s onwards. Always a Book Festival favourite, Melvyn Bragg reflects movingly on what it…

Pauline McLynn & Paul Torday

FINE FICTION Two brilliant fictional accounts of mental fragility from two exceptional writers. In her seventh novel Missing You Already, Pauline McLynn tackles the heartbreak of Alzheimer's pulling a family apart with sensitivity. Paul Torday's third novel, The Girl On The Landing, is a gripping ghost story and an…

Sarah Dunant

FINE FICTION It is with excitement and trepidation that we welcome back Sarah Dunant to the Book Festival with the eagerly awaited third part of her acclaimed Renaissance trilogy. The meticulously researched Sacred Hearts transports us into the world of 16th century Ferrara and delivers an exciting tale of power…

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