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Tuesday 4 Sept at 7 pm at Conway Hall

The Monsters We Deserve

Marcus Sedgwick
& Dr Sam George

The Battle of the Books

Frankenstein
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Thursday 22 November at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

Bobby Seagull

Bobby Seagull
The Life-Changing Magic of Numbers

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Thurs 22 November

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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.
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Tickets £8 online
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Bobby Seagull returns to The Wanstead Tap, but without the quizbook
Bobby Seagull
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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 4 September at 7 pm
at Conway Hall

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

Wednesday 12 September at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

Ed Vulliamy
When Words Fail

Thursday 27 September at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

Martin Rowson
The Pen is Mightier Than the Word

Friday 12 October at 7.30 pm
at Wanstead Library

An evening with
Shami Chakrabarti and Rachel Holmes

Thursday 18 October at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

Iain Sinclair
Living with Buildings

Thursday 8 November at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

Nicola Streeten and Cath Tate
The Inking Woman

Thursday 15 November at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

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

Tuesday 20 November at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

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

Thursday 22 November at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

Bobby Seagull
The Life-Changing Magic of Numbers

Tuesday 27 November at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

Peggy Seeger
First Time Ever

Thursday 29 November at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

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

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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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