5x15 online - August 5th

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Join us for August's online 5x15 session for an evening of stories and ideas.

Lisa Taddeo
Three Women

Lisa Taddeo’s Three Women is a world-wide sensation – forever changing how we think about women and desire. All Lina wanted was to be desired. How did she end up in a marriage with two children and a husband who wouldn’t touch her? All Maggie wanted was to be understood. How did she end up in a relationship with her teacher and then in court, a hated pariah in her small town? All Sloane wanted was to be admired. How did she end up a sexual object of men, including her husband, who liked to watch her have sex with other men and women?Nearly a decade in the making, Lisa Taddeo’s Three Women is a global phenomenon. Hailed instantly as a feminist classic, this staggering work of nonfiction is the result of thousands of hours spent in the company of its subjects – three women whose lives reveal profound and previously unspoken truths about life and love, womanhood and desire.Lisa joins 5x15 for an exclusive In Conversation with the Guardian’s Hadley Freeman.Praise for Lisa Taddeo:‘A non-fiction novel of such recurring darkness, truth and astonishment I will probably re-read it every year of my life.’ – Caitlin Moran‘I don’t say this lightly – the greatest book I’ve ever read about women and desire.’ – Rachel Cooke, Observer‘Lisa Taddeo’s Three Women offers a fascinating excavation of the intricacies of love and desire, where they conspire and where they conflict. Read this book. You will forever rethink the erotics of women.’ – Esther Perel‘Three Women examines love and lust, instigation and exploitation, fairytales and infidelity, girlhood and womanhood and motherhood and all the liminal spaces between, and it asks big questions about who we are allowed to be as women. I salute Lisa Taddeo.’ – Elizabeth Day‘A book that blazes, glitters and cuts to the heart of who we are. I’m not sure that a book can do much more.’ – Sunday Times‘The kind of bold, timely, once-in-a-generation book that every house should have a copy of, and probably will before too long.’ – New Statesman‘A book with the thrill of the new that you can expect to dominate WhatsApp threads, line tube carriages and pop up in foreign AirBnbs for years to come. Taddeo hasn’t just caught a moment, she has spawned a new genre. Three Women reminds us that it is both wonderful and brutal to be in love.’ – Evening Standard‘It’s painful and beautiful, gutting and sexy. I don’t think I’ve read a book that has captivated me as intensely as this one, which I still think about, months later, in the quietest hours of the night.’ – Red‘Three Women is an astonishing act of imaginative empathy and a gift to women around the world who feel like their desires are ignored and their voices aren’t heard. This is a book that blazes, glitters and cuts to the heart of who we are. I’m not sure that a book can do much more.’ – Sunday Times

Lily Cole
Who Cares Wins

Lily Cole is a philanthropist, environmental activist, model and actress. She holds an MA in History of Art from the University of Cambridge and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters for contribution to humanitarian and environmental causes by the University of Glasgow. In 2013, she launched Impossible.com, the innovator and incubator committed to social and environmental change. Lily has spoken at The World Economic Forum's meeting in Davos, Google's Zeitgeist conference and Wired.

Fintan O’Toole
Democracy for Sale

Fintan O'Toole is a historian, biographer, literary critic and political commentator. His work has won many awards, and he writes for the Irish Times, Guardian and New York Review of Books. His books include A Traitor's Kiss, his life of Richard Brinsley Sheridan, Judging Shaw and White Savage. His investigative, polemical books have all been bestsellers: Meanwhile Back at the Ranch, Ship of Fools and Enough is Enough. He is writing the authorised biography of Seamus Heaney and, for Head of Zeus, a history of Ireland in his own time.

Peter Geoghegan
Democracy for Sale

Peter Geoghegan is an Irish writer, broadcaster and investigations editor at openDemocracy. His journalism has appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian, the London Review of Books and dozens of other publications. He is a founder and chair of the award-winning investigative website the Ferret and was nominated for a 2019 British Journalism award and the Paul Foot award for his investigations into the Brexit referendum. His book People's Referendum: Why Scotland Will Never Be the Same Again, was nominated for the Saltire first book award and his latest book Democracy for Sale: Dark Money and Dirty Politics is published on 6th August from Head of Zeus.

Simon Schama
holds forth

Simon Schama is Columbia University Professor of Art History and History. He previously taught history at Cambridge and art history and history at Harvard. His books have been translated into fifteen languages and include Patriots and Liberators: Revolution and Government in the Netherlands 1780-1813 (1977); The Embarrassment of Riches (1987); Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution (1989); Landscape and Memory (1995); Rembrandt's Eyes (1999); the History of Britain trilogy (2000-2002); Rough Crossings: Britain, the Slaves and the American Revolution (2006); The Power of Art (2007); The Story of the Jews (2014). His books have won the Wolfson Award for History, the W.H Smith Prize for Literature, the National Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Literature.

His television work for the BBC and PBS as writer-presenter includes two films on Rembrandt; a five part series based on Landscape and Memory; the award-winning, Emmy-nominated "A History of Britain"; a film on Tolstoy; a ninety minute adaptation of Rough Crossings; and the eight part series "The Power of Art."

Adam Rutherford
How to Argue with a Racist

Dr Adam Rutherford is a science writer and broadcaster. He studied genetics at University College London, and during his PhD on the developing eye, he was part of a team that identified the first genetic cause of a form of childhood blindness. He has written and presented many award-winning series and programmes for the BBC, including the flagship weekly BBC Radio 4 programme Inside Science and The Curious Cases of Rutherford & Fry with Dr Hannah Fry. He is the author of Creation, which was shortlisted for the Wellcome Trust Prize, A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived, The Book of Humans and How to Argue with a Racist.