Simon Kuper

Simon Kuper

Simon Kuper is a leading columnist on urban life, globalisation, Europe, and football. He has been writing for the Financial Times for most of the last 20 years. His books include The Happy Traitor, Barca: The Inside Story of the World’s Greatest Football Club, and Chums: How a Tiny Caste of Oxford Tories Took Over the UK.

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  1. 9. THE HAPPY TRAITOR: SPIES, LIES AND EXILE IN RUSSIA, THE EXTRAORDINARY STORY OF GEORGE BLAKE
    9. THE HAPPY TRAITOR: SPIES, LIES AND EXILE IN RUSSIA, THE EXTRAORDINARY STORY OF GEORGE BLAKE

    Simon Kuper will give an illuminating insight into a fascinating, flawed, treacherous and almost likeable character - George Blake, the last remaining Cold War spy. As a Senior Officer in the British Intelligence Service who was a double agent for the Soviet Union, his actions had devastating consequences for Britain. Yet he was also one of the least known double agents, and remained unrepentant. Following personal interviews, research and unique access to Stasi records, journalist Simon Kuper will unravel who Blake truly was.

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  2. 8. POWER AND PRIVILEGE: A RECENT HISTORY
    8. POWER AND PRIVILEGE: A RECENT HISTORY

    Boris Johnson, Michael Gove, David Cameron, George Osborne, Theresa May, Dominic Cummings, Daniel Hannan, Jacob Rees-Mogg: Whitehall is swarming with old Oxonians. Eleven of the fifteen post-war British prime ministers went to Oxford. Prior to this many of them attended private boarding schools, where boys were trained for leadership and the challenges of Empire. Acclaimed author Richard Beard and Financial Times journalist Simon Kuper will discuss the networks of power that dominate today’s politics and explore how the rarefied and privileged atmosphere of this narrowest of talent pools – and the friendships and world views it created – shaped modern Britain.

    Outdoor Programme Event

    The Outdoor Programme daily ticket gives you access to everything on the festival's massive Outdoor Programme. The child ticket is applicable for ages 5-15; Under 5’s are free

    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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