The World: A Family History

The World Simon Sebag Montefiore
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Simon Sebag Montefiore in conversation with Gus Casely-Hayford.

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.

Simon Sebag Montefiore’s bestselling narrative histories have transported readers to Tsarist Russia and Ancient Jerusalem. In his latest book, the 1,000-page epic The World: A Family History, he offers a gripping account of human civilization told through the families that have shaped our collective past.

From the Caesars and Khans to the Churchills, Castros and Kennedies, he uncovers global history on a surprisingly intimate scale, linking grand themes of war, migration, religion, plague and technology to the people at the centre of the human drama.

In this spellbinding event, chaired by V&A East director Gus Casely-Hayford, he shares some of their remarkable stories.

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This event is kindly sponsored by the Society of Geneologists. 



Name: The World: A Family History
Where: Knowledge Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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Price: From £2.50 – £10
Members’ priority booking opens 31 January, general sale 1 February
Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546
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