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Israeli writer Amoz Oz delivers a lecture entitled How to Cure a Fanatic as part of the "Sounding the Century" season on Tues 15 at the Purcell Room, RFH, SE1, 7.30pm. Broadcaster and novelist Sarah Dunant chairs the discussion. pounds 6.50/pounds 4. 0171 960 4242.

Deborah Moggach will be reading from her new novel Tulip Fever, a romantic thriller set in 17th- century Amsterdam, on Wed 16 at Richmond Waterstone's at 7pm. pounds 2. 0181 332 1600.

Tony Wheeler, founder of the ubiquitous Lonely Planet travel guides, is giving a talk and slideshow to celebrate the 10th edition of South East Asia on a Shoestring on Thurs 17 at the Owl Bookshop, NW5, 7pm. Free. To reserve seats, call 0171 485 7793.


A N Wilson discusses the decline of religious certainty in the Victorian era and reads from his book God's Funeral on Wed 16 at Deansgate Waterstone's, 7pm. 0161 837 3000.


Highlights of the Dartington Literary Festival (9-19 July), in association with the IoS, include: Tom Paulin on Ted Hughes; John Bailey recalls Iris Murdoch; A N Wilson and Richard Ingrams in conversation; The Sunday Poem Live, with Ruth Padel; plus Andrew Motion, Clare Short, Richard Mabey, Brian Patten, Beryl Bainbridge, Raffaella Barker, Ronan Bennett, Margaret Drabble and many more. For details of the special accommodation offer for IoS readers, telephone 01803 867373.