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The body: a guide for occupants with Bill Bryson

Tuesday 19 November, 08:00 – 09:00


Join us in the Tortoise newsroom for a special breakfast ThinkIn with Bill Bryson. His new book, The Body: A Guide for Occupants is an extraordinary exploration of the human body which will have you marvelling at the form you occupy. If you’ve ever wondered what really goes on inside your head, heart and beyond, Bill Bryson will help you understand the miracle of our physical and neurological make up.

Do you have to be a psychopath to be a CEO?

Wednesday 27 November, 18:00 – 19:30


Executive burnout is common. At the world’s 2,500 largest companies, the CEO turnover rate was 17.5% in 2018, according to PwC. The new model of responsible leadership is meant to show by example that, ‘it’s OK to not be OK’. When the big boss finds themselves struggling, who is there to support them? Are businesses at risk because there’s not enough understanding of the mental health pressure of jobs like these?

OMG – A ThinkIn with Richard Dawkins

Monday 2 December, 18:00 – 19:30


The outspoken atheist is back. His latest book, Outgrowing God, confronts profound questions about religion, marshalling science and philosophy to interrogate what he sees as the hypocrisies of all the religious systems. He joins Tortoise to debate it all with our members.

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Tom Dewar

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Lucinda Day

Went to my first @Tortoise ThinkIn last night on gender. A really fun eve – full of lively comment & a totally inclusive atmosphere. Not at all like a traditional panel event.

Kelwyn Looi

Really recommend the ThinkIn. Refreshing to actually hear views from real people that then feeds into what’s published. Team is lovely too!