Event 30 | John Preston | The Fall


John Preston – The Fall – The Mystery of Robert Maxwell

The embodiment of Britain’s post-war boom, Maxwell, born an Orthodox Jew, escaped the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia, fought in WWII and was decorated for his heroism with the Military Cross. He went on to become an MP and an astonishingly successful businessman, owning a number of newspapers and publishing companies. But in 1991 he disappeared from his yacht, the Lady Ghislaine, leaving chaos in his wake. John Preston gives a fascinating and gripping account of a man who was to become reviled as the embodiment of greed and corruption.

In conversation with Jason Webster

When: Friday 12th November 2021 @ 11.30 am
Where: Electric Palace
Sponsored by: Sue Robinson


John Preston is a former Arts Editor of the Evening Standard and the Sunday Telegraph. For ten years he was the Sunday Telegraph’s television critic and one of its chief feature writers. His most recent book A Very English Scandal – about the demise of Jeremy Thorpe was adapted for television with Hugh Grant as the protagonist and became a BAFTA-winning BBC drama series. His historical novel The Dig about the uncovering of the Anglo-Saxon hoard of treasure at Sutton Hoo – now a major new motion picture starring Ralph Fiennes and Carey Mulligan. John Preston’s aunt was a key participant in this extraordinary ‘find’.

Jason Webster is a Bridport-based author of fifteen books of fiction and non-fiction, focusing on Spanish themes. He is married to the flamenco dancer, Salud Botella.

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