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James Holland in conversation 

Thursday 19th October, 7pm, The Poly  Tickets: £8 and £5

James Holland has been described by Sebastian Faulks as 'the best of a new generation of Second World War historians'.

As an internationally acclaimed and award-winning historian, writer, and broadcaster James has presented - and written - a large number of television programmes and has a weekly Second World War podcast, We Have of Making You Talk, with Al Murray.

This year has seen him publish two new books in the Ladybird Expert series, a definitive history of the Second World War with illustrator Keith Burns, and this autumn's The Savage Storm: The Battle for Italy 1943.

He'll be talking about  the importance of reflecting on the past, explaining his research  methods and recounting some of the extraordinary stories he's uncovered along the way.  

What they say:

'Richly impressive, hard to surpass' William Boyd
'A notable account of an epic human experience' Max Hastings ― Sunday Times
'Great...One of the new generation of historians who bring a freshness and a proper spirit enquiry'  John Sergeant

'A master of spinning narrative military history from accounts of men and women who were there.' BBC History magazine


About James Holland:

James Holland is an internationally acclaimed and award-winning historian, writer, and broadcaster. The author of a number of best-selling histories including most recently Brothers In Arms and Normandy '44, he is also the author of nine works of fiction and a dozen Ladybird Experts.

He is the co-founder of the annual Chalke Valley History Festival which is now in its twelfth year, and he has presented - and written - many television programmes and series for the BBC, Channel 4, National Geographic and the History and Discovery channels.

With Al Murray, he has a successful Second World War podcast, We Have Ways of Making You Talk, which also has its own festival, and is a research fellow at St Andrew's University and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He can be found on Twitter as @James1940 and on Instagram as @jamesholland1940.

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