Books will be on sale after each event from our book-selling partner West End Lane Books.

Tickets for the live in person events at The Henrietta Barnett School can be purchased below. 

  • Each live event ticket is £10, unreserved. Under 25s can attend for £7.50 per live event.

  • All events will be viewable online from  2 July. Individual recorded events are £5 each.  



  • Online Pass - An online pass is available to view all recorded events for £25, saving up to £20 if events purchased individually. 

  • Free Tea or Coffee and Cake - Buy tickets for 3 or more live in person LitFest events on Saturday or Sunday and get a free tea or coffee and cake in the LitFest Cafe. 

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25 June 2022


The Henrietta Barnett School
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Jeremy Farrar
Jeremy Farrar & Anjana Ahuja

Spike: The Virus v the People – the Inside Story

Anjana Ahuja
Richard Pohle/The Times

This widely acclaimed inside story of the Covid pandemic questions government claims that it “followed the science”. It reflects not only Jeremy’s views but also those of other leading scientists and political figures involved in the crisis.

As head of health research foundation the Wellcome Trust and an expert on infectious diseases, he was one of the first to hear about a mysterious new illness in China and to learn it could readily spread from animals to humans. Later he became a key figure on the SAGE emergency committee.

Jeremy, who will give his book royalties to charity, was a key figure in both the UK and the World Health Organization and at the heart of desperate efforts to control the virus.

Anjana Ahuja is the Financial Times science columnist and a freelance writer who has covered the pandemic extensively since its beginnings in January 2020.

They are in conversation with BBC Health Editor Hugh Pym who has been reporting on politics, economics and NHS finance for more than two decades. 

Ticket Options:


In Person Event - £10 - Ticket to attend the LitFest event at The Henrietta Barnett School. Public Sales open on 25 April.


View Event Recording - £5 - Ticket to view a recording of a single event. Recordings will be posted online on 2 July.


LitFest Pass - All Recordings - £25 -Ticket to view all 9 LitFest recordings to be posted online on 2 July, saving up to £20.

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