Meet The Author with Warwick Books : Jim Ring
June 12th, 2014
On Thursday 12th June 7pm at Warwick Library, Jim Ring will talk about his book ‘Storming The Eagle’s Nest : Hitler’s War In The Alps’.
From the Fall of France in June 1940 to Hitler’s suicide in April 1945, the swastika flew from the peaks of the High Savoy in the western Alps to the passes above Ljubljana in the east. The Alps as much as Berlin were the heart of the Third Reich. ‘Yes,’ Hitler declared of his headquarters in the Bavarian Alps, ‘I have a close link to this mountain.’
Much was done there, came about and ended there; those were the best times of my life…My great plans were forged there.’ With great authority and verve, Jim Ring tells the story of how the war was conceived and directed from the Fuhrer’s mountain retreat, how all the Alps bar Switzerland fell to Fascism, and how Switzerland herself became the Nazi’s banker and Europe’s spy centre. He also shows how the Alps in France, Italy and Yugoslavia became cradles of resistance, how the range proved both a sanctuary and a death-trap for Europe’s Jews – and how the whole war culminated in the Allies’ descent on what was rumoured to be Hitler’s Alpine Redoubt, a Bavarian mountain fortress.
Jim Ring’s books include Erskine Childers, which won the Marsh Prize for biography and How the English Made the Alps which was described as ‘fascinating’ by the Daily Telegraph and ‘evocative and entertaining’ by the Financial Times. His collective biography of Britain’s leading Cold War submariners, We Come Unseen, won the Mountbatten Prize and was followed by Riviera which was called ‘a highly readable history’ by the Guardian.
The talk will take place at Warwick Library and tickets which are FREE will be available from Warwick Books, Kenilworth Books or the Library.
Meet The Author With Warwick Books : Robert Elverstone
June 8th, 2014
On Saturday 7th June 10.30am at Warwick , Robert Elverstone will be talking about his new book ‘Absent Through Want of Boots : Diary of a Victorian School in Leicestershire’
May 3rd. Attendance pretty good on Monday after the Easter Holidays. John Thorn played truant on Monday and Tuesday and spent his school money.
June 13th. Mrs Bailey found Albert playing truant on Wednesday morning and brought him to school giving him a good thrashing in the cap-room with a stick she brought with her. Following the 1870 Forster Elementary Education Act, Albert Road Board School in Leicester opened on 2nd September 1878 with an average role of 500 children.
Looking at a modern classroom it is easy to forget the humble beginnings of education. This book charts the changes over the last 140 years through daily accounts in the head teachers’ log books of a large Victorian school in Leicestershire.
From the records we read of the difficult conditions in overcrowded classrooms, young teachers with no training and the daily struggles with truancy and lack of resources. It is the story of poverty, hunger and disease faced by children who were often labelled as backward or retarded, and the struggles confronted in winter by children who were marked as absent through want of boots.
To complement the book, author Robert Elverstone will expand on events, illustrating his talk with pictures and artefacts.
Absent Through Want of Boots provides a fascinating record of the developments and daily struggles in our local schools. Surprisingly, it also demonstrates that, although some things have undoubtedly changed, for some readers much will be unexpectedly familiar!
Sometimes funny, always interesting, often sad, it is a story we can all share.
This is a Warwick Words Summer Festival event arranged by Warwick Books. Tickets can be obtained from the Box Office
Meet The Author with Warwick Books : Robert Elverstone
May 13th, 2014
On Tuesday 13th May 7pm at the Senior Citizens Club,
Kenilworth, Robert Elverstone will be talking about his book ‘Farewell To The Horses : Diary of a British Tommy 1915 – 1919′
Cady Hoyte, like many other young lads of his generation, proudly joined the army in 1915 to fight for his King and Country. From the Warwickshire town of Nuneaton, he joined the Warwickshire Yeomanry as a gunner in the Machine Gun Corps and quickly found that army life fighting the Turks in Egypt made no concessions for an eager young 19 year old. Never having ridden a horse before, he developed a relationship with the horses, which made it all the harder when he had to say farewell and leave them behind to sail aboard the stricken ship, the Leasowe Castle, to fight in the trenches of France.
Written with humour, Cady’s diary gives a detailed account of the daily struggles and constant dangers of army life in the First World War without ever losing sight of his respect for human life. He was both incredibly brave and totally unassuming.
Robert is really pleased to give a talk about the book; both to explain how the diary came to be discovered and to extend background information about Cady Hoyte and his experiences and adventures. He plans to use pictures that are not published in the book and to bring along artefacts that relate to details in the text; a sort of ‘story behind the story’. He will be pleased to answer any questions……
This is a Kenilworth Festival event arranged by Warwick Books and Kenilworth Books. Tickets can be obtained from the Box Office.
Meet The Author With Warwick Books : Professor Danny Dorling
April 29th, 2014
On Tuesday 29th April 7pm at Warwick Library, Danny Dorling will be talking about his new book ‘All That Is Solid : The Great Housing Disaster’
Danny who is the Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography at the School of Geography and the Environment University of Oxford is one of our leading social geographers and popular commentators. He has received numerous awards, fellowships and honours and most recently was presented with the Political Studies Communicator Award for explaining complexity.
Housing was at the heart of the financial collapse, and our economy is now precariously reliant on the housing market. In his groundbreaking new book, Danny Dorling argues that housing is the defining issue of our times. Tracing how we got to our current crisis and how housing has come to reflect class and wealth in Britain, ‘All That Is Solid’ radically shows that the solution to our problems – rising homelessness, a generation priced out of home ownership – is not, as is widely assumed, building more homes. On the contrary inequality, he argues, is what we really need to overcome…….
The talk will take place at Warwick Library and tickets which are FREE are available from Warwick Books, Kenilworth Books or the Library.