James Hanning

James Hanning

James Hanning was the Comment Editor at the Institute for Government. Previously he was Comment Editor at the Evening Standard and then at the Independent on Sunday, before becoming Deputy Editor of the latter. He is co-author of a critically acclaimed biography of former Prime Minister David Cameron, and author of a book about the phone hacking scandal as well as Love and Deception: Philby in Beirut.

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  1. 103. LOVE AND DECEPTION: PHILBY IN BEIRUT
    103. LOVE AND DECEPTION: PHILBY IN BEIRUT

    Family Ticket: 2 adults, 3 children; Child Ticket: aged 5-15; Under 5: FREE

    This will be an eye-opening tale of friendship, politics, love and loyalty. Following extensive research, James Hanning will talk about the extraordinary story of how Eleanor, an able, cultured American living in the espionage hot spot of 1950s Beirut, fell in love with the kindest of men. Unknown to her, that man, Kim Philby, was under suspicion by the British and US intelligence services of having secretly signed up to help the Russians fight fascism in the 1930s, and of remaining in their pay at the height of the Cold War. Despite his mysterious past, Eleanor adored and married Philby, but the strength of their love was challenged as the net steadily closed in on him.

    Outdoor Programme Event

    The Outdoor Programme daily ticket gives you access to everything on the festival's massive Outdoor Programme.

    We have talks on the IPGL and History Hit Outdoor Stages, the Living History encampments and static displays, Speaker's Corner talks, performances from the History Tellers and others, live music, two bars, the Emporium, book shops and numerous cafes and food stalls. Anyone with an Outdoor Programme ticket can access up to twenty-five different scheduled events on any one day, so it is truly great value.

    For those wishing to experience The Trench, Sword School and Children's Creative History events, these are ticketed separately and need to be pre-booked. Rides on the Vintage Fairground are payable at the ride.

    Tickets to individual events in the Hiscox and Smith & Williamson tents also provide access to the Outdoor Programme on that particular day (1 person per ticket).

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