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Tuesday November 29 2022, 6pm GMT

Robert Harris In Conversation With Jessie Childs

Online event

‘Act of Oblivion is a fine novel about a divided nation, about invisible wounds that heal slower than visible ones . . . it feels like an important book for our particular historical moment, one that shows the power of forgiveness and the intolerable burden of long-held grudges.’ ― The Observer

Robert Harris is one of the great storytellers of our times. His novels explore the dark side of power and the corrosive effect it has on those who wield it. In his latest bestseller, Act of Oblivion, Harris turns his attention to one of the most divisive episodes in English history, the Civil War, in which Royalists and Parliamentarians fought to determine whether the country should be a republic or a monarchy. The novel follows two fugitives who have been found guilty in absentia for the murder of Charles I and have fled to colonial North America to hide among the Puritan settlers there. Richard Nayler, secretary of the regicide committee of the Privy Council, is tasked with tracking down the fugitives and he’ll stop at nothing until the two men are brought to justice. 

On November 29 Harris comes to Intelligence Squared where he will be joined by award-winning historian Jessie Childs. Join us for a conversation that will examine the death of a monarch, a divided nation, and an ideological conflict which still resonates today.

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Speakers
  • Robert Harris

    Bestselling novelist whose latest book is Act of Oblivion

Chair
  • Jessie Childs

    Award-winning historian whose most recent book is The Siege of Loyalty House: A New History of the English Civil War


Location
  • Online event
Time
  • Tuesday 29 November 2022
  • 6pm to 7pm GMT




Speakers

Speakers

Robert Harris

Bestselling novelist whose latest book is Act of Oblivion


Author of fifteen bestselling novels: the Cicero Trilogy – Imperium, Lustrum and Dictator -–Fatherland, Enigma, Archangel, Pompeii, The Ghost, The Fear Index, An Officer and a Spy, which won four prizes including the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction, Conclave, Munich, The Second Sleep, V2 and most recently Act of Oblivion. His work has been translated into forty languages and he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.   
Chair

Jessie Childs

Award-winning historian whose most recent book is The Siege of Loyalty House: A New History of the English Civil War


Award-winning author of God's Traitors (PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize for History) and Henry VIII's Last Victim (Elizabeth Longford Prize for Historical Biography). She has written and reviewed for many papers, including the Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, The Telegraph and The London Review of Books. Her TV contributions include the BAFTA-nominated Elizabeth I's Secret Agents (BBC 2 and PBS) and two BBC series on Charles I.  Her most recent book is The Siege of Loyalty House: A New History of the English Civil War.