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Emirates Airline Festival of Literature


It’s the festive season which is usually full of hot chocolate, jumpers, books (of course) and last minute gift buying.

If you have left it until the last minute, we’re here to help.

Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

Ian  Rankin, In a House of Lies

The iconic Ian Rankin returns with a new Detective John Rebus novel - this year's essential must-read bestseller.

Everyone has something to hide
A missing private investigator is found, locked in a car hidden deep in the woods. Worse still - both for his family and the police - is that his body was in an area that had already been searched.

Everyone has secrets
Detective Inspector Siobhan Clarke is part of a new inquiry, combing through the mistakes of the original case. There were always suspicions over how the investigation was handled and now - after a decade without answers - it's time for the truth.

Nobody is innocent
Every officer involved must be questioned, and it seems everyone on the case has something to hide, and everything to lose. But there is one man who knows where the trail may lead - and that it could be the end of him: John Rebus.


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Peter Frankopan, The New Silk Roads: The Present and Future of the World

When The Silk Roads was published in 2015, it became an instant classic. A major reassessment of world history, it compelled us to look at the past from a different perspective. The New Silk Roads brings this story up to date, addressing the present and future of a world that is changing dramatically.

Following the Silk Roads eastwards, from Europe through to China, by way of Russia and the Middle East, The New Silk Roads provides a timely reminder that we live in a world that is profoundly interconnected. In an age of Brexit and Trump, the themes of isolation and fragmentation permeating the western world stand in sharp contrast to events along the Silk Roads since 2015, where ties have been strengthened and mutual cooperation established. With brilliant insight, Peter Frankopan takes a fresh look at the network of relationships being formed along the length and breadth of the Silk Roads today, assessing the global reverberations of these continual shifts in the centre of power - all too often absent from headlines in the West.


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Benji Davies, The Storm Whale
Book and soft toy gift set

This stunning set is the perfect gift for fans of Benji Davies and The Storm Whale, featuring a hardback edition of the bestselling, award-winning picture book and a gorgeous soft toy.

Enjoy the story, then recreate Noi's adventure with your very own knitted whale, perfect for cuddling at bedtime.

Noi and his father live in a house by the sea, his father works hard as a fisherman and Noi often has only their six cats for company. So when, one day, he finds a baby whale washed up on the beach after a storm, Noi is excited and takes it home to care for it. He tries to keep his new friend a secret, but but there's only so long you can keep a whale in the bath without your dad finding out. Noi is eventually persuaded that the whale has to go back to the sea where it belongs. For Noi, even though he can't keep it, the arrival of the whale changes his life for the better - the perfect gift from one friend to another.


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For more ideas, we have a guest blog from our books selling partner Magrudy’s on our website with lots of inspiration!



Tickets go on sale for Foundation Friends on 9 January 2019.

Tickets will be available to the general public from 12 January 2019.

But don’t wait until then to make your selection. With the wish list feature on our website, you can pre-select your top sessions, so once the box office opens you can go straight to the checkout before the session is sold out.



It’s the gift that keeps on giving! Treat yourself or a loved one to a Foundation Friends membership this season. Not only will you receive priority booking, you will also have access to the Foundation Friends Festival Lounge, 10% off all ticket purchases, reserved seating, invitations to selected events, 10% off Emirates Literature Foundation events and workshops, Costa Coffee, Magrudy’s and more!