Our 2019 Guest Curator Dominic Sandbrook has challenged himself to identify the seven most influential British novels of the last 70 years, one per decade. His band of helpers for the final four decades are the biographer and academic Hermione Lee, the author and journalist Sathnam Sanghera and James Marriott, Deputy Books Editor of The Times. They will each nominate a novel to discuss and Dominic will provide a typically witty and trenchant whistle-stop tour of each decade, as well as pitching in with a choice of his own.

The panel will discuss the following novels:

  • Nights at the Circus – Angela Carter (1984)
  • The Buddha of Suburbia – Hanif Kureishi (1990)
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – JK Rowling (2000)
  • The Past – Tessa Hadley (2015)


The Garden Theatre

The Garden Theatre is situated in Montpellier Gardens, the main site of The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival in the heart of Cheltenham, GL50 1UW.

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