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PAGE TURNERS: Tears, laughter and dogs at Berkhamsted Book Fest

 Published on: 24th November 2023   |   By: Annabel Stock   |   Category: Uncategorized

Berkhamsted book fest was a great success with a series of big names moving audience members to laughter and tears in equal measure.

Taking place on November 5, Tears were shed at the words of Jo Caulfied and Cariad Lloyd who both discussed grief and bereavement. Caulfield discussed her book The Funny Thing About Death which, published in August of this year, is a frank and fearless account of her sister’s death from lung cancer in 2016.

Meanwhile host of the Griefcast podcast, Cariad Lloyd discussed her new book You are Not Alone which unravels the pain of losing her father aged 14.

Organiser Charlie Hussey described the talks, which touched on subjects such as scattering ashes, as a poignant combination of amusing and saddening.

Writer of The Thick of It and The Death of Stalin, Armando Iannucci, also a patron of a homeless charity, expressed his frustration at former Home Secretary Suella Braverman’s controversial comments on homelessness.

Berkhamsted resident and rock musician Jakko Jakszyk announced that he is writing a memoir which will be called ‘Who’s that boy with the lovely hair?’, in homage to the final words spoken to him by his mother shortly before her death from dementia.

Humans were not the only guests at the festival. English food and travel Felicity Cloake had a logistical issue which meant she was unable to drop off her dog before arriving, so Wilf joined her on stage, much to the delight of the audience.

Photo credit: Adam Hollier photography

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