CANCELLED: June 14th: Unbreakable: The Woman Who Defied the Nazis in the World’s Most Dangerous Horse Race – Richard Askwith

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The story of Lata Brandisova is one of the strangest and most inspiring in all sport. Born into privilege, she spent much of her life in poverty. Modest and shy, she refused to accept the constraints society placed on her because of her gender. Instead, with quiet courage, she repeatedly achieved what others said was impossible. The scandal of her first attempt to ride in Pardubice reverberated across Europe. Ten years later, she became her nation’s figurehead in its darkest hour. Then came retribution…

Unbreakable is a tale of courage, heartbreak and defiance, in an age of prejudice and fear. In the background are forces – sexism, class hatred, nationalism – whose shadows darken today’s world too. In the foreground are eccentric aristocrats, socialite spies, daredevil jockeys – and a race so brutal that some consider merely taking part in it a sign of insanity. At its heart is a unique hero, and a unique love affair between a woman and a horse.

Tickets £7 (allows you to buy the book for £15 on the night). 7:30, Croft Hall.

Tickets from Hungerford Bookshop (01488 683480) or on-line at ArtsForHungerford.com

June 24th: In Your Defence – Stories of Life & Law

Sarah Langford is a barrister. Her job is to stand in court representing the mad and the bad, the vulnerable, the heartbroken and the hopeful. She must become their voice: weave their story around the black and white of the law and tell it to the courtroom. These stories may not make headlines but they will change the lives of ordinary people in extraordinary ways. They are stories which, but for a twist of luck, might have been yours.

“A thoughtful, elegant book…often as thrilling as a detective novel”

– Thomas Grant, QC The Times       

With remarkable candour, Sarah describes eleven cases which reveal what goes on in our criminal and family courts: these are tales of domestic fall out, everyday burglary, sexual indiscretion, and children caught up in the law. They are sometimes shocking and they are often heart-stopping. She examines how she feels as she defends the person standing in the dock.

She also shows us how our attitudes and actions can shape not only the outcome of a case, but the legal system itself.

This book is a Sunday Times bestseller. Sarah will be speaking about her book 7:30pm, Hungerford Town Hall before taking questions and signing copies.

Tickets £8 (includes a glass of wine). 7:30 Hungerford Town Hall