To mark the 70th anniversary of the Festival, we revisit four titles published in our very first year: 1949. Join our all-star literary line-up of India Knight, Dorian Lynskey, Colin Asher and Sian Cain as they debate the merits of George Orwell’s 1984, Nancy Mitford’s Love in a Cold Climate, Paul Bowles’ The Sheltering Sky and Nelson Algren’s The Man With the Golden Arm and fight it out to decide which novel would have triumphed if the Booker Prize had existed 70 years ago. Chaired by James Walton, with an introduction by John Coldstream.

Dedicated to the memory of Ion Trewin.


Town Hall, Baillie Gifford Stage

Cheltenham Town Hall is situated in Imperial Gardens in the centre of Cheltenham, around a 25 minute walk from Cheltenham train station.

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