Autumn Lecture Series 2017

john Lloyd

29th November

John Lloyd is in conversation with Anthony Seldon

Radcliffe Centre   6.30 – 7.30 pm

Free event – booking essential

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Come to hear John Lloyd, originator of the QI TV series, co-author of the all the QI books and host of Radio 4’s Museum of Curiosity.

John Lloyd, CBE is an English television producer and writer best known for his work on such comedy television programmes as Not the Nine O’Clock News, Spitting Image, Blackadder and QI. John will be joining the Vice-Chancellor, Sir Anthony Seldon, ‘In Conversation’.  John is also Professor of Ignorance, at Southampton Solent University.

“As a long-time admirer of the Vice-Chancellor of Buckingham University, I am delighted to bask in his shadow for a few moments, grovelling in my capacious ignorance”.

After the lecture John will be signing copies of the latest QI book 1423 QI Facts to Bowl you Over and other books which will be available to buy on the night.

six minutes in may shakespeare

4th December

Nicholas Shakespeare  introduces his new book Six Minutes in May 

Radcliffe Centre   6.30pm – 7.30 pm

Free event – booking essential.

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The fascinating and dramatic investigation into the events that led to Winston Churchill becoming Prime Minister against the odds. 

London, early May 1940: Britain is on the brink of war and Neville Chamberlain’s government is about to fall. It is hard for us to imagine the Second World War without Winston Churchill taking over at the helm, but in Six Minutes in May Nicholas Shakespeare shows how easily events could have gone in a different direction.

Translated into more than 20 languages, his prize-winning novels include The Vision of Elena Silves (winner of the Somerset Maugham Award and Betty Trask Award), The High Flyer, for which he was selected as one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists, and The Dancer Upstairs, which was chosen as the Best Novel of 1997 by the American Libraries Association, and made into a film by John Malkovich.

His non-fiction includes the critically acclaimed authorized biography of Bruce Chatwin. He is chief book reviewer of The Daily Telegraph and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Simon heffer

11th December 

Simon Heffer on The Great War: Some Overlooked Aspects

Radcliffe Centre   6.30pm – 7.30 pm

Free event – booking essential

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When we think of the Great War we think principally of the slaughter and suffering in the trenches and on other battlefields. Yet the war revolutionised British politics, British culture and British life. Simon Heffer will describe just how it did in this fascinating  discussion.

In Age of Decadence his latest book, Simon Heffer has produced another impressive volume that sits very comfortably with his books on Enoch Powell and Vaughan Williams. His book, High Minds, published in 2015, was a superb overview of the great and the good, and the not so good of Victorian society.  His new book, a social, cultural and political history of Britain over thirty four years, begins where High Minds finished, with Gladstone starting his second administration in April 1880; it ends in July 1914 with Britain on the brink of war.

Simon Heffer is an extensively published author, political commentator and an acclaimed journalist, well known for his contributions to the Daily Mail.