2023 Festival Event

Robert Peston

Robert Peston in conversation with Chris Blackhurst

Robert Peston is one of the top political and financial journalists in Britain.  He discusses The Crash with Chris Blackhurst, former editor of The Independent.  Published this September, The Crash is Robert Peston’s second novel following the success of The Whistleblower.  The new political thriller is set in 2007/8 when the fragility of the UK’s booming economy is exposed by the imminent collapse of a small northern bank.  The Gil Peck series is notable for its authenticity, reflecting Robert’s own experience of investigating and reporting on political and financial events.   

Robert is the Political Editor for ITV, and hosts the influential current affairs show, Peston.  Previously the BBC’s Economics Editor, he is famous for his reports on Northern Rock, RBS and HBOS and the long-term issues arising from credit crunch, bailouts and austerity.  He has received more than thirty awards for journalism.  His non-fiction books include How Do We Fix This Mess? and WTF?  

Robert Peston - The Crash

Chris Blackhurst is the former editor of The Independent and previously City Editor for the Evening Standard.  He is the author of Too Big To Jail – Inside HSBC, one of the world’s greatest banking scandals. His forthcoming book, The World’s Biggest Cash Machine – Manchester United, the Glazers and the Struggle for Football’s Soul, is published this autumn.

Chris Blackhurst

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