Born in Nottingham in 1940, Ken Clarke was educated at Nottingham High School and Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, where he studied law and was called to the bar in 1963. In 1970, at the age of twenty-nine, he became MP for Rushcliffe in Nottinghamshire, a seat he has held ever since. He held many ministerial posts in Margaret Thatcher's Cabinet, including Secretary of State for Health and Secretary of State for Education. He subsequently served as Home Secretary and Chancellor of the Exchequer under John Major and Secretary of State for Justice and Minister without Portfolio under David Cameron. He lives in London and Nottinghamshire.
Ken Clarke’s memoir Kind of Blue to be published by Pan Macmillan in October 2016.
Daunt Books Marylebone
19:00 on 25 October 2016 - 20:30 on 25 October 2016
As an MP for 46 years and at the heart of government under three Prime Ministers, Ken Clarke's Kind Of Blue is the most anticipated political memoir of the year. He is nothing if not candid in person, and this sharp, insightful and above all witty memoir befits an original, consummate politician, who is always worth listening to.Joining him in conversation is Philip Webster, a key political commentator on The Times for 43 years and whose own book, Inside Story gives us exactly that, an insider's account of the great political stories of the age.
19:30 on 06 November 2016 - 19:30 on 06 November 2016
One of the genuine 'Big Beasts' of the political scene, Ken Clarke has held every major job of state apart from Prime Minister. Known as a Tory Wet who loves cricket, Nottingham Forest Football Club and jazz, Clarke isn't a straightforward Conservative politician and his passionate commitment to Europe cost him the leadership on no less than three occasions. Tonight, Clarke charts his remarkable progress from working-class scholarship boy in Nottinghamshire to high political office.
19:00 on 13 November 2016 - 20:30 on 13 November 2016
'A Coalition of the Willing': Two of the most influential members of the Coalition "
"Cabinet, Ken Clarke and Nick Clegg, have both this "
"autumn published accounts of their time in government. "
"Join them for an unmissable finale to the Festival "
"weekend as they discuss the way we lived then, with Arifa "
"Akbar, former literary editor of the Independent newspaper.
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