The Guardian Hay Festival

What do Goldie Hawn, Alexander McCall Smith and Malcolm Gladwell have in common? From May 27 to June 5 all of these authors and many more are attending the 2005 Guardian Hay Festival as special guests. Can't make it to the festival this year? See below for a list of books written by this year's guest authors. Don't forget to look out for AbeBooks staff around the town from June 3rd to the 5th!


No.1 Ladies Detective AgencyNo.1 Ladies Detective Agency
Alexander McCall Smith

Wayward daughters. Missing Husbands. Philandering partners. Curious conmen. If you've got a problem, and no one else can help you, then pay a visit to Precious Ramotswe, Botswana's only - and finest - female private detective. Her methods may not be conventional, and her manner not exactly Miss Marple, but she's got warmth, wit and canny intuition on her side.

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Lyra's OxfordLyra's Oxford
Philip Pullman

Lyra's Oxford opens in the thrilling comfort and familiarity of Jordan College, where Lyra and her daemon Pantalaimon sit on the sun-drenched roof looking out over all of Oxford. But their peace is shattered when a strange bird�a witch�s daemon, on its own�tumbles out of the sky.

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A Hat Full of SkyA Hat Full of Sky
Terry Pratchett

Eleven-year-old Tiffany Aching wants to be a real witch. But a real witch doesn't casually step out of her body, leaving it empty. Tiffany does - and there's something just waiting for a handy body to take over. Something ancient and horrible, which can't die. Now Tiffany's got to learn to be a real witch really quickly.

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Ian McEwan

In Amsterdam, a contemporary morality tale that is as profound as it is witty, we have Ian McEwan at his wisest and most wickedly disarming. And why Amsterdam? What happens there to Clive and Vernon is the most delicious climax of a novel brimming with surprises.

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A Lotus Grows in the MudA Lotus Grows in the Mud
Goldie Hawn

Goldie Hawn's life is an ongoing tableau of stories, and she has a born knack for telling them. In this candid and insightful book, Goldie invites us to join her in a look back at the people, places, and events that have touched her.

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Malcolm Gladwell

How do we make decisions--good and bad--and why are some people so much better at it than others? Thats the question Malcolm Gladwell asks and answers in the follow-up to his huge bestseller, The Tipping Point. Utilizing case studies as diverse as speed dating, pop music, and the shooting of Amadou Diallo, Gladwell reveals that what we think of as decisions made in the blink of an eye are much more complicated than assumed.

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Artimis FowlArtimis Fowl
Eoin Colfer

Artemis Fowl is a one of the greatest criminal minds the world has ever seen. He is heir to the Fowl family empire�a centuries old clan of international underworld figures and con artists. He is arguably the most cunning Fowl of all.

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Resurrection MenResurrection Men
Ian Rankin

Inspector John Rebus has messed up badly this time, so badly that he's been sent to a kind of reform school for damaged cops. While there among the last-chancers known as "resurrection men," he joins a covert mission to gain evidence of a drug heist orchestrated by three of his classmates.

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