Robert Harris: Act of Oblivion

Robert Harris - Act of Oblivion
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The new thriller from the master of the historical novel.

Early bird offer: Get tickets for £10 for this event until 31 July. After this full-price tickets will be £13.

This event will take place at the British Library. It will be simultaneously live streamed on the British Library platform. Tickets may be booked either to attend in person (physical), or to watch on our platform (online) either live or within 48 hours on catch up. Viewing links will be sent out shortly before the event.

The online version of this event will be live captioned.

It is 1660, and father and son-in-law General Edward Whalley and Colonel William Goffe are crossing the Atlantic. They are on the run and wanted for the murder of Charles I. Under the provisions of the Act of Oblivion, they have been found guilty in absentia of high treason. In London, Richard Nayler, secretary of the regicide committee of the Privy Council, is tasked with tracking the fugitives down.

He'll stop at nothing until the two men are brought to justice. A reward of £100 hangs over their heads – for their capture, dead or alive. Act of Oblivion is an epic journey across continents, and a chase like no other.

International best-selling novelist Robert Harris is joined in conversation by his friend Jeremy Paxman to discuss this globe-trotting historical thriller.

Bar open from 18.00. The event is followed by a book signing. Early bird price £10 until 31 July (with additional concessions for students and under-26s) after which prices will be £13 full price, £11.50 over 60s, £6.50 other concessions.

Online event bookers can buy a copy of Act of Oblivion with a ticket at checkout for £23 (with UK postage) and watch the event for free. International postage will be higher. Books will be posted out within 7 days after the event. Please ensure your address is up to date on your British Library account.

Robert Harris is the author of fourteen bestselling novels: the Cicero Trilogy – Imperium, Lustrum and Dictator – Fatherland, Enigma, Archangel, Pompeii, The Ghost, The Fear Index, An Officer and a Spy, which won four prizes including the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction, Conclave, Munich, The Second Sleep and V2. Several of his books have been filmed and his work has been translated into 40 languages. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Jeremy Paxman is a legendary broadcaster who revolutionised the relationship between interviewer and politician. He co-wrote A Higher Form of Killing (1982) with his then-BBC colleague and friend Robert Harris. His later books include The English: A Portrait of a People, The Political Animal: An Anatomy, On Royalty, The Victorians: Britain through the Paintings of the Age, Empire: What Ruling the World Did to the British, A Life in Questions, and most recently Black Gold: The History of How Coal Made Britain.

‘To survive Jeremy Paxman, I simply stared at his tie.’ – Anne Widdecombe, former Conservative MP.

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Name: Robert Harris: Act of Oblivion
Where: Knowledge Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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Price: Full Price: £13.00
Member: £0.00
Student: £6.50
Registered Unemployed: £6.50
Disabled: £6.50
Senior (60+): £11.50
Young Person (18-25): £6.50
Online Full Price: £5.00
Online Member: £5.00
Online event w/book (Act of Oblivion) UK postage: £23.00
Online event w/book (Act of Oblivion) Non-UK postage: £27.50
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