After the storming success of ‘Heathcliff vs Darcy: Who’s the Bigger Sh*t?’ followed by ‘They F*ck You Up Your Mum and Dad: Literature’s Worst Parents’ and most recently, ‘Literary Top Trumps: Which Fictional Character Could Do a Better Job in The White House?’, Sebastian Faulks returns with another stellar panel ready to do bookish battle. Alongside Sebastian, 2020 reigning champ Caroline O’Donoghue, award-winning author, journalist and podcaster Elizabeth Day and critic and novelist Anthony Quinn will use their wit and wiles to try to expose some of literature’s most esteemed characters (Jay Gatsby? Holden Caulfield? Linda Radlett?) for the dullards they truly are. Chaired by Caroline Hutton.

Books available to accompany this event

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Magpie; Failosophy; How to Fail Snow Country
London, Burning
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Cheltenham Town Hall, Baillie Gifford Stage

The Town Hall, situated on Imperial Gardens in the centre of Cheltenham comprises of a Grand Main Hall, distinguished by its Corinthian styles columns and coved ceiling. The Main Hall is accompanied by dining and drawing rooms, as well as the Pillar Room bar.

The venue’s early 20th century Edwardian elegance makes it the classic ‘shoebox’ concert hall. With a seating capacity of 900, the Town Hall is perfectly suited to grand symphony orchestra performances with a thrilling impact.

There is no tiered seating at this venue for any of our Festivals.

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