The well-established and regularly oversubscribed Public Lecture Series was established with the purpose of bringing notable public figures to the school so that they may present their ideas to both the school community and wider public. Past speakers have included Gita Sereny, Simon Sebag-Montefiore, Andrew Marr, Susan Greenfield, Mary Warnock, Anne Sebba, Lord Rees-Mogg and David Starkey, who called it “one of the best and most enjoyable I've ever done”. We look forward to more events in 2014.
Wednesday 15th October 2014, 7pm
Peter Hennessy is an acclaimed historian and academic specialising in the history of government. His study of Britain in the 1950s and the rise of Harold Macmillan, Having It So Good: Britain in the 1950s, won the Orwell Prize for political writing. His analysis of post-war Britain, Never Again: Britain 1945–1951, won the Duff Cooper Prize and the NCR Book Award. Lord Hennessy also co-founded the Institute of Contemporary British History and, since 2001, has been Attlee Professor of Contemporary British History at Queen Mary, University of London.
Simon Sebag Montefiore
Thursday 27th November 2014, 7pm
Acclaimed novelist and historian, Simon Sebag Montefiore, last gave a lecture at Godolphin & Latymer in 2003. Since then his monumental Jerusalem: The Biography has been recognised as an authoritative and definitive analysis of the city. Former US President, Bill Clinton, praised this unique contribution to our
understanding of this ancient and fascinating city. Simon’s recent novel set in Stalin’s Russia, One Night in Winter, won the Best Political Novel of the Year Prize 2014 and was long listed for the Orwell Prize 2014.
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Dr Kenneth Wolfe
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