2023 Festival Event

Anthony Seldon

Anthony Seldon in conversation with Sonia Purnell

Sir Anthony Seldon is the foremost historian of Downing Street and the office of prime minister.  In conversation with Sonia Purnell, the author of Just Boris, Sir Anthony analyses the era of Boris Johnson, from his sudden rise in 2019 to his reluctant resignation in 2022.  Sir Anthony’s book, Johnson At 10, written with Raymond Newell, is a detailed insider account of the Johnson years based on remarkable interviews with key aides and allies.  An instant Sunday Times bestseller, the book focuses on ten key moments of Johnson’s premiership and shows how he was both inscrutable and divisive in action and policy.

Sir Anthony is a historian, writer and commentator.  He has published over forty-five books on contemporary history, politics, well-being and education, including his series on recent British prime ministers in office.  He was previously Master of Wellington College, and he is currently acting headmaster at Epsom College.

Anthony Seldon - Johnson at 10

Sonia Purnell’s first book, Just Boris, was long listed for the Orwell Prize.  Her recent titles include First Lady about the life of Clementine Churchill and A Woman of No Importance on the true story of Virginia Hall, the American socialite turned spy in World War II.

Sonia Purnell

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