Libby Purves is joined by Martin Wainwright, Sameem Ali, Alan Aldridge and Raymond Blanc.
MARTIN WAINWRIGHT Martin Wainwright is Northern Editor of The Guardian. A new exhibition at the Lowry in Salford A Long Exposure celebrates 100 years of The Guardian’s distinctive pictorial style with a unique photography exhibition showing some of the most memorable images from the last century. A Long Exposure: 100 Years of Pictures from Guardian Photographers in Manchester (1908 -2008) is at The Lowry from 18th October until 1st March 2009.
In her book Belonging Sameem Ali tells of her experience of forced marriage. From a happy life in a children's home, she was reunited with her family, where she was abused and treated like a slave, and sent to Pakistan to be married at the age of 13. She finally escaped and is now a Moss Side councillor and speaks in schools and government conferences on forced marriage. Belonging is published by John Murray.
ALAN ALDRIDGE Alan Aldridge is the illustrator who epitomised the design movement of the sixties and seventies, through his work with the Beatles, Jimmy Hendrix, The Who and Elton John. He is here to launch his autobiography and his first UK retrospective at the Design Museum The Man with Kaleidoscope Eyes from 10th October until January 2009. This also coincides with the re-issue of his most famous illustrated book The Butterfly Ball, published by Templar Publishing.
RAYMOND BLANC Raymond Blanc is the restaurateur whose life and career to date have been utterly dedicated to the search for culinary perfection. In his autobiography A Taste of My Life he looks back on his early life where he was raised on his mother's philosophy of simple, rustic food to his success with his restaurant Le Manoir, near Oxford, which was awarded two Michelin stars even before it opened in 1984. A Taste of My Life is published by Bantam Press.
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