Major coup for Country Bookshop

<p>The Country Bookshop has secured an appearance by John Major for its Spring Peak Festival this year.<br /> The former prime minister is to launch the festival on 18th May at a literary dinner, where he will talk about his new book <em>More Than A Game: The Story of Cricket&#39;s Early Years</em> (HarperSport).</p><p>The Countrybookshop&#39;s Sridhar Gowda said the festival had become the natural home for former MPs to talk about their books, with Major following in the footsteps of previous guests Ann Widdecombe, David Blunkett, George Galloway, Clare Short and Edwina Currie. &quot;We&#39;ve had the Who&#39;s Who of political authors,&quot; said Gowda, adding that the festival had become a recognised platform for topical discussion.</p><p>This year, for example, the line-up also includes Tony Juniper, who talks about <em>How Many Lightbulbs Does It Take To Change A Planet?</em> (Quercus) and Rageh Omaar, author of <em>Only Half of Me</em> (Penguin), talking about growing up a Muslim in Britain.</p><p>Literary authors also feature strongly, including Lionel Shriver, who will talk about her new novel <em>The Post-Birthday World</em> (HarperCollins), and Marina Lewycka on her latest, <em>Two Caravans</em> (Fig Tree).</p>