Special evening with Jenny Uglow – Life in Napoleonic Times
A guest evening
Life in Britain during the Napoleonic Wars
Prize winning author and social historian
About the evening
Well-known social historian and prize-winning author Jenny Uglow is publishing a fascinating new book entitled In These Times: Living in Britain Through Napoleon’s Wars.
Jenny will preview her book and explore the stories of people from the West Midlands in a special evening organised by History West Midlands in central Birmingham on 30th October.
While the political and military history of the Napoleonic Wars is well known, In These Times turns the news of the first global war upside down, seeing how it reached the people. Illustrated by the satires of Gillray, Rowlandson and the paintings of Turner and Constable, and combining the familiar voices of Jane Austen, Wordsworth, Scott and Byron with others lost in the crowd, the book delves into the archives to tell the moving story of how people lived and loved and sang and wrote, struggling through hard times and opening new horizons that would change their country for a century ahead.
An enthralling speaker, Jenny is well known in the Midlands for her prize-winning book The Lunar Men: The Friends Who Made the Future, which was described as ‘an extraordinarily gripping account’.
Her other works include Nature’s Engraver: A Life of Thomas Bewick, which won the National Arts Writers Award for 2007 and A Gambling Man: Charles II and the Restoration which was shortlisted for the 2010 Samuel Johnson Prize.
Her most recent book, The Pinecone, tells the story of Romantic visionary Sarah Losh.
Tickets for the evening are strictly limited.
Price: £10.00 per person including pre-meeting refreshments
Date: Thursday 30th October 2014
Time: 1800 hours for 1900 hours followed by a book signing
Venue: Austin Court, 80 Cambridge St (Close to the Library of Birmingham)
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