Event 35

Friday 10th November 2023 | 5.00pm

Event 35 | Simon Heffer | Sing as We Go


Simon Heffer – Sing as We Go – Britain Between the Wars

Simon Heffer explores and explains the politics of the period between WWI and WWII and puts such moments of national turmoil as the General Strike of 1926 and the Abdication Crisis of 1936 under the microscope. He offers pen portraits of the era’s most significant figures and traces the changing face of Britain as cars made their first appearance, the suburbs sprawled and radio and television became the means of mass entertainment. He also probes the deep divisions that split the nation: between the haves and have-nots, between warring ideological factions and between those who promoted fascism in Europe and those bitterly opposed to it. Sing as We Go is the fourth and final volume in Simon Heffer’s critically acclaimed sequence of books that chart the history of Britain in a century from the accession of Queen Victoria to the outbreak of WWII.

In conversation with John Dean

When: Friday 10th November 2023 @ 5.00 pm
Where: Electric Palace
Sponsored by: Tim Clarke


Simon Heffer was born in 1960. He read English at Cambridge and took a PhD in modern history at that university. His previous books include: Moral Desperado: A Life of Thomas Carlyle, Like the Roman: The Life of Enoch Powell, Power and Place: The Political Consequences of King Edward VII, Nor Shall My Sword: The Reinvention of England, Vaughan Williams, Strictly English, A Short History of Power, Simply English, High Minds: The Victorians and the Birth of Modern Britain, The Age of Decadence, Staring at God and the recently published unexpurgated three volumes of The Henry ‘Chips’ Channon Diaries. In a thirty-year career in Fleet Street he is now a columnist for The Daily Telegraph

John Dean was a career soldier for 30 years following which he spent a decade as CEO of the British Shops and Stores Association. He has lived in Bridport for over 20 years where he has been involved in many organisations. He is a keen military historian often giving lectures on military campaigns.


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