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This Golden Fleece

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A History
of the
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in 21 Women

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Lucy O’Brien
Janette Mason
David McAlmont

Dusty in Words and Music

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Thursday 22 November at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap


The Life-Changing Magic of Numbers
The Life-Changing Magic of Numbers
is published in hardback
by Virgin Books at £16.99
on 25 October 2018.
Buy ticket online
Tickets £8 online
from Newham Bookshop
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Great range of beers and sophisticated soft drinks
Bobby Seagull returns to The Wanstead Tap, but without the quizbook
Bobby Seagull
Photograph of Bobby Seagull
by Lloyd Mann, University of Cambridge

Can maths change your life? Here’s your starter for ten…

Bobby Seagull
The Life-Changing Magic of Numbers

Once you know how to see them, numbers are all around us – buried in the dimensions of buildings and encoding the data on our favourite gadgets. They’re a beautiful system of patterns and codes, but also an essential tool that can guide our daily decisions, change our behaviour, and even predict the future – if we can just learn how to use them right.

Long before his rise to cult fame on University Challenge, Bobby Seagull was obsessed with numbers. They were the keys that unlocked the randomness of football results, helped him organise his time, directed his social life and opened up the world of music. Told through stories from his life, Bobby illuminates the world of numbers and brings his infectious enthusiasm to everything from the mystery of magic numbers, the improbability of probability, the right number of friends to have, and how prime numbers control everything from credit card encryption to cicada hibernation habits.

The Life-Changing Magic of Numbers will fill you with wonder, change how you see the world around you, and help you use numbers to make better choices and decisions every day.

If there’s anyone to help champion the joy of numbers, it’s Bobby Seagull. He’s the man helping the BBC Breakfast presenters study for their maths GCSEs; he’s an ambassador for National Numeracy alongside Rachel Riley; he’s the face of a new Open University course helping young adults manage their finances; he writes a guest column in the Financial Times and is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4’s Puzzle for Today – all while doing a PhD in numberphobia at Cambridge.

Bobby Seagull became a cult star as a contestant on University Challenge in 2017. He is now an obsessive quiz enthusiast, a secondary school maths teacher, a doctoral student researching maths anxiety at Cambridge University and a long-suffering West Ham fan.

Forthcoming events


Tuesday 27 August from 7 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

Book Benefit for the
homeless in Newham

Friday 6 September at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

Esther Rutter
This Golden Fleece
A Journey Through
Britain’s Knitted History

Tuesday 17 September at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

Jenni Murray
A History of the World
in 21 Women

Thursday 19 September at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

Daniel Rachel
Don’t Look Back In Anger
In conversation with Paolo Hewitt

Friday 26 September at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

Carl Cattermole
Prison: A Survival Guide
In conversation with Deborah Coles

Thursday 3 October and
Friday 4 October at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

Lucy O’Brien
Janette Mason and David McAlmont
Dusty in Words and Music

Wednesday 9 October at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

Eleanor Crow
Shopfronts of London
In conversation with Krissie Nicolson

Thursday 7 November at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

Suresh Singh
A Modest Living
Memoirs Of A Cockney Sikh

In conversation with Stefan Dickers

Friday 22 November at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

John Crace
Decline and Fail
Read in Case of Political Apocalypse

Past events and news


Launch party for
Luan Goldie
Nightingale Point

Ronnie le Drew
Duncan Barrett and Nuala Calvi
Zippy and Me

David Rosenberg
Rebel Footprints
in conversation with Asad Rehman

Pete Brown
Pie Fidelity
In Defence of British Food

Carol Ann Duffy
Poetry for the Insect Population
with Andrew McMillan, Matthew Hollis, Imtiaz Dharker, Zaffar Kunial,
Mark Pajak, Hannah Sullivan,
Sean Borodale, Ella Duffy
and Yvonne Reddick

David Hepworth
A Fabulous Creation
How the LP Saved Our Lives

5x15 on The Future of Education
with David Kynaston, Priya Lakhani, Alex Beard, Owen Jones,
Melissa Benn and Kate Clanchy

Cold War Steve
The Festival of Brexit
in conversation with Martin Rowson

Lucinda Gosling
Shirley Baker and Vintage Britain

Robert Elms
London Made Us
A Memoir of a Shape-Shifting City

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Michael Rosen
with Danny Braverman

Newham Word Festival logo
Bobby Seagull
The Life-Changing Magic of Numbers

Newham Word Festival logo
Suresh Singh
with Stef Dickers

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Duncan Barrett
Hitler’s British Isles

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Kate Thompson
and Melanie McGrath

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Regeneration Songs

Newham Word Festival logo
Asian Noir:
the new wave of crime fiction

Luke Turner
Out of the Woods

Danny Dorling
Rule Britannia
Brexit and the End of Empire

Doreen Fletcher, Paintings
with The Gentle Author

Benjamin Zephaniah
The Life and Rhymes
of Benjamin Zephaniah

in conversation with Cilius Victor

Peggy Seeger
First Time Ever

E. Foley and B. Coates
What Would Boudicca Do?

Bobby Seagull
The Life-Changing Magic of Numbers

Will Ashon
Chamber Music
Enter the Wu-Tang (in 36 Pieces)

Robin Ince
I’m a Joke and So Are You
A Comedian’s Take on
What Makes Us Human

Nicola Streeten and Cath Tate
The Inking Woman

Iain Sinclair
Living with Buildings

1968 and After:
Culture and Education

An evening with
Shami Chakrabarti and Rachel Holmes

Martin Rowson
The Pen is Mightier Than the Word

Ed Vulliamy
When Words Fail

Marcus Sedgwick & Dr Sam George
The Battle of the Books:
Frankenstein v. Dracula

Kenney Jones
Let the Good Times Roll

Ben Okri and special guests
Rise Like Lions

Adam Dant
Maps of London & Beyond

Sarah Ivens
Forest Therapy

Shore 2 Shore
with Carol Ann Duffy
Gillian Clarke, Imtiaz Dharker, Jackie Kay
and Maura Dooley, with music by John Sampson

Viv Albertine
To Throw Away Unopened

Melanie McGrath
Pie & Mash Down the Roman Road
in conversation with Duncan Barrett

James Bloodworth
Hired
Six Months Undercover
in Low-Wage Britain

Chris Difford
Full Acoustic Show
Some Fantastic place

Michael Rosen
So They Call You Pisher!

David Hepworth
Uncommon People
The Rise and Fall of the
Rock Stars 1955-1994

Liam Young and Simon Hannah
The Labour Party, past and present

Misha Glenny: McMafia
Seriously Organised Crime

Helen Pankhurst: Deeds Not Words
The Story of Women’s Rights,
Then and Now

Laura James and Jessie Hewitson discuss autism

Literary Natives
Writers of Colour Meet Up

John Davies: The Red Atlas
How the Soviet Union
Secretly Mapped the World

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