In one of the most anticipated return appearances of the Festival, Stalingrad author Antony Beevor elucidates his newest masterwork of military history, Arnhem, a superbly written and forensically researched account of the failed Allied paratroopers’ campaign to seize bridges leading to the Rhine in 1944. Arnhem details the heroism and incompetence of the biggest airborne battle in history, which delivered Nazi Germany its last major victory.

Antony Beevor (International)

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Antony Beevor’s books include Crete (Runciman Prize) Stalingrad (Samuel Johnson, Wolfson and Hawthornden Prizes); Berlin; The Battle for Spain (Premio La Vanguardia); D-Day (RUSI Westminster Medal); The Second World War; Ardennes 1944 (shortlist Prix Médicis); and now Arnhem, another international Number 1 Bestseller. His awards include Chevalier des Arts et Lettres in France, Cross of the Order of Terra Mariana in Estonia, and Commandeur de l’Ordre de la Couronne in Belgium. He received a knighthood in 2017. His work has been translated into thirty-three languages and has sold more than eight million copies. A former chairman of the Society of Authors, he has received four honorary doctorates, a fellowship of King’s College London and is a visiting professor at the University of Kent.

Kate Evans (Australian)

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Kate Evans is the co-host (with Cassie McCullagh) of the weekly radio show and podcast, The Bookshelf on ABC RN.