Friday 23 April 2021 | 10:00am

Simon Garfield in Conversation with Nicky Campbell

Friday 23 April 2021 | 10:00am

Simon Garfield in Conversation with Nicky Campbell

£6.00 - Single event ticket
£35.00£50.00 - Festival Pass
Attention dog lovers! Join Simon Garfield and Nicky Campbell to investigate the unique bond between dogs and humans and their innate ability to enhance our lives.

Part of the Baillie Gifford Non-fiction Series

Join Simon Garfield and Nicky Campbell to investigate the unique bond between dogs and humans and their innate ability to enhance our lives. There are 9.9 million dogs in the UK, and 26% of British adults live with at least one of them. But how and why did this extraordinary relationship begin, what is our history with dogs, and where is it leading? Dog’s Best Friend: A Brief History of an Unbreakable Bond reflects on how our relationship with dogs has changed over the centuries, and explores the universal desire for non-human companionship. 

Simon Garfield is joined in conversation by fellow dog lover Nicky Campbell.

Author Biographies

Simon Garfield‘s previous titles include the international bestsellers Just My Type, On The Map, and Mauve, while To The Letter was one of the inspirations for the theatre shows Letters Live with Benedict Cumberbatch. His study of AIDS in Britain, The End of Innocence, won the Somerset Maugham prize. He has lived with three dogs in his life: an unpredictably stupid Basset Hound named Gus, a mud-loving yellow Labrador named Chewy, and his current companion, an elderly and eminently wise black Labrador named Ludo. It is Ludo’s question at the beginning of this book  ‘Why is he here?’  that sets in motion the journey that follows. 

Nicky Campbell (chair) is the BAFTA-winning presenter of Radio 5’s breakfast show since 2003 and of ITV’s Long-Lost Family since 2011. Nicky recently launched the One of the Family podcast, exploring how our lives and those of our canine companions are intertwined, featuring guests including Gary Lineker, Ricky Gervais, Gabby Logan, Nihal Arthanayake, and Chris Packham, amongst many others. He is closely involved with several adoption, animal, and conservation charities. His book, One of the Family: Why a Dog Called Maxwell Changed My Lifewas published in February 2021. 

About this event

Event information  This event will be available to buy and watch on demand until 2 May
Event duration This event will last for 60 minutes
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Part of the Baillie Gifford Non-Fiction Series