Paddy Ashdown to talk at QUAD

Organisers of the Derby Book Festival are planning to hold a number of ‘off programme’ interim events in the run up to the 2019 event. 

The first of these will be with Paddy Ashdown, former Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Royal Marine and intelligence officer, at Derby QUAD on October 23, at 7.30pm. 

He will be talking about his new book Nein! Standing up to Hitler, 1935-1944.   

In his last days, Adolf Hitler raged in his bunker that he had been betrayed by his own people, defeated from the inside. In part, he was right.   

In Nein! Paddy tells (for the first time) the story of those at the very top of Hitler’s Germany who used every means possible – conspiracy, assassination, espionage – to prevent the Second World War and then to deny Hitler victory. 

Based on newly released files, the repeated attempts of the plotters to warn the Allies about Hitler’s plans are revealed.   

The European Union we have today, and the central position of Germany within it, is the future envisaged by these plotters, for which they gave their lives.

The event will consist of a 45 minute talk followed by a 15 minute question and answer session. 

Tickets cost £7 each and you can book them at

The event will be followed by a book sale and signing, organised by Waterstones.

If you missed out on tickets to the Derby Book Festival opening event with Ken Clarke and Alan Johnson this year (or want to see it again) here is your chance.

This year for the first time staff and students at the University of Derby filmed two of the Festival events and it can be seen via the festival website. 

They will be posting the other filmed event: The Bookshop Band with Louis de Bernières, Joanne Harris and Emma Hooper, in the coming months – as well as some audio recordings of festival events held at QUAD in 2018.