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Global bestseller Professor Deborah Harkness returns to the festival for a special preview event to talk about the final instalment of her All Souls Trilogy, The Book of Life. Harkness, a historian and million-selling novelist, has flown over from the United States to be at the festival to talk about the climax to her trilogy, which sees witch and historian Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont finally learn what the witches discovered centuries ago. The All Souls Trilogy began with A Discovery of Witches, which has sold 1.5 million copies worldwide and is now being developed into a Hollywood movie. The second volume, Shadow of Night, which features an opening sequence in Elizabethan Woodstock, was number one on The New York Times bestseller list and number two on The Sunday Times bestseller list. Harkness is a scholar and student of history. She is an expert in the history of magic, alchemy and science in Europe, especially between 1500 and 1700, and was a Fulbright Fellow in Oxford, rowed for Keble College, and has spent spells researching at the Bodleian Library and All Souls College library. She has written works of non-fiction, including the award-winning The Jewel House about the practice of Elizabethan science, before turning to her novels. Her career in fiction began when she says she began to wonder ‘if there really are vampires, what do they do for a living?’