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  • Emma Soames - Mary Churchill's War - The Wartime Diaries of Churchill’s  Youngest Daughter edited by her daughter

    Mary Churchill’s diaries provide a unique, front-row view of the great events of war, as well as exchanges and intimate moments with her father.  They reveal an impulsive spirited writer free of self-censorship or nostalgia. In 1939, at seventeen, Mary found herself in an extraordinary position and time: the outbreak of WWII and her father, Winston Churchill, appointed Prime Minister within months.

    In conversation with Susannah Simons
    When: Monday 8th November 2021 @ 6.30 pm
    Where: The Bull Ballroom
    Sponsored by: Sally and Peter Lee
  • Hugo Vickers - Malice in Wonderland - My Adventures with Cecil Beaton

    Hugo Vicker’s life took a dramatic turn in 1997 when the legendary Sir Cecil Beaton invited him to be his authorised biographer.  The excitement of working with the famous photographer was dashed days later when Beaton died.  Vickers was entrusted with Beaton’s papers, diaries and access to friends and contemporaries.  Vickers has edited the witty and perceptive diaries which reveal the photographer’s many fascinating encounters and his observations of cultural figures of the time as well as members of the Royal Family.

    In conversation with Boris Starling
    When: Tuesday 9th November 2021 @ 2.30 pm
    Where: The Bull Ballroom
    Sponsored by: Rosi and Clive de Ruig
  • Anne Sebba - Ethel Rosenberg - A Cold War Tragedy

    Anne Sebba is one of Britain’s most distinguished biographers and has been critically acclaimed for books about iconic women. Her latest is the tragic and gripping story of Ethel Rosenberg, loving mother of two small children and an idealist, whose life was barbarically cut short for a crime she almost certainly did not commit. Sebba shines a spotlight on a woman who was victim of a catastrophic failure of humanity and justice in the US and which continues to haunt the national conscience.

    An illustrated talk

    When: Thursday 11th November 2021 @ 2.00 pm
    Where: Electric Palace
    Sponsored by: Angela and David Neuberger
  • Andrew Lownie - Traitor King - The Duke and Duchess of Windsor in Exile

    Andrew Lownie examines the years following the abdication of Edward VIII when the former king was kept in exile, feuding with his family over status for his wife, Wallis Simpson, and denied any real job. Traitor King reveals the true story behind the German attempts to recruit the Duke as a British Pétain; the Duke and Duchess were not the naïve dupes of the Germans but actively intrigued against Britain in both war and peace. Lownie also shines a light on the assumed love story of the Windsors with extraordinary revelations.

    An illustrated talk
    When: Thursday 11th November 2021 @ 3.30 pm
    Where: Electric Palace
    Sponsored by: Diana and Robert Clarke, Barry Mawhinney

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