Matthew Parris

12:45pm - 1:45pm - Sunday 11 June


"He's 100% political herpes. Back in six months whatever you do. Or three days, like last time." Camilla Long on Nigel Farage

No-one has ever been safe from insults and put-downs, particularly in 2016! In his latest book, Matthew Parris shows that abuse can be an art form as he brings together some of the funniest, sharpest, rudest and most devastating insults and invective in history, from ancient Roman graffiti to the battlefields of Twitter. He draws on bile from such exponents of the art as Dorothy Parker, Elizabeth I, Donald Trump, Groucho Marx, Princess Anne, Winston Churchill, Nigel Farage, Mae West and Alastair Campbell.

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Derby Book Festival

9 - 17 June 2017

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