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18 October 2015
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Tom Edwards and Daniel Giacopelli are joined by war-reporter Matthew Green. They also meet Ruth Ball, the trained chemist who turned her scientific expertise to that essential brain tonic – booze. Plus: the team talks to Christopher Green, the performer, writer and artist who’s turning his mesmerising gaze to hypnotism.
18 October 2015
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War-reporter Matthew Green has covered conflicts ranging from the Iraq war to being embedded with US troops in Afghanistan. His latest book: ‘Aftershock: The Untold Story of Surviving Peace’, tells the stories of the military personnel who return home to find their changed mental state is another battle to be fought.
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Ruth Ball’s degree in chemistry from Imperial College London hasn’t sent her to the laboratory but into the city’s thriving bar scene. The creator of Alchemist Dreams – a bespoke liqueur service – Ball has now written a loose history of her favourite tipples: ‘Rebellious Spirits: The Illicit History of Booze in Britain’. Chin chin.
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Writer, performer, songwriter and comedian Christopher Green’s talents have taken him to The Albert Hall and Sydney Opera House. But new book ‘Overpowered! The Science and Showbiz of Hypnosis’ tells the tales of other performers – supposed professors of Mesmerism, pseudo-scientists and showmen over the years, who have put countless audiences under their hypnotic spell.
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