10.00am – 11am


with Kate Harris

£12.00 per person

Cuckfield Book FestivalOn Boxing Day 1962, when Juliet Nicolson was eight years old, the snow began to fall. It did not stop for ten weeks. It wasn’t just the weather that was
bad. There was the threat of nuclear war with the recent Cuban Missile Crisis, unemployment was on the rise and de Gaulle was blocking Britain
from joining the European Economic Community. And yet underneath the frozen surface, new life was beginning to stir and when the thaw came, ten weeks of extraordinary weather had acted as a catalyst between two distinct eras.

From poets to pop stars, shopkeepers to schoolchildren, and her own family’s experiences, Juliet Nicolson traces the hardship of that frozen winter and the emancipation that followed. ‘A brilliant concept transformed into a revelatory book … completely fascinating and engrossing’ says William Boyd.

This remarkable social history told through the frosty lens of the winter of 1962-63 immediately entered the Sunday Times bestseller list on publication in January 2021. Juliet is the author of two highly acclaimed non-fiction books that bookend the First World War, plus a memoir of her own family A House Full of Daughters. She lives near Sissinghurst where she spent her childhood.

Juliet will be talking to Kate Harris, a frequent visitor to Cuckfest who worked in publishing for many years.