2024 Festival Event

Robert Harris
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Robert Harris – ‘Precipice’

Bestselling author Robert Harris is known for his skill in weaving fact and fiction together to create a fresh perspective on historical events. In conversation with historian Simon Heffer, Robert talks about his latest novel Precipice. It focuses on the known love affair between the aristocratic socialite Venetia Stanley and the Prime Minister H.H. Asquith just before WWI. The affair puts Britain’s security at serious risk, potentially changing the course of political history. Robert and Simon discuss the events underlying the novel and the dangers of the Stanley-Asquith letters.

robert Harris - Precipice

Simon Heffer is a highly regarded historian who has written extensively on the social history of Britain. Simon is a Patron of Barnes BookFest.

Simon Heffer
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2024 Festival Schedule

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8pm

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2pm

4pm

6pm

8pm

10am

12n

2pm

4pm

6pm

8pm

A printed version of this schedule can be found on the back of the programme booklet available at the Barnes Bookshop, 98 Church Road.