The Books Stage will feature some of the world’s best-selling authors, reading extracts from their most celebrated works.


Identity matters
Kwame Anthony Appiah and Afua Hirsch hosted by Roula Khalaf

Birth of the modern – the fallout of world war one
Frederick Studemann with Michéle Barrett and speakers to be announced

Poems for the year
An unmissable poetry reading with Allie Esiri and special actor guests

Reimagining history with Pat Barker
The author of The Silence of the Girls, a reworking of the Iliad from a woman’s perspective talks to Alec Russell, FT Weekend Editor, about historical fiction - and why novelists are sometimes better than historians at seeing the past

The new gilded age
With James Crabtree, author of The Billionaire Raj, with Sarah Churchwell, author of Behold America

On the couch - truth or fiction?
With author and psychotherapist Susie Orbach with novelist Susie Boyt