Saturday 29 October 3.30pm The Beacon £8
Introduced by Ed Vaizey, MP
One of the most eagerly-awaited events of this year’s festival is undoubtedly the talk by the highly-acclaimed author, A.N. Wilson. His powerful new novel, Resolution, published by Atlantic Books this September, explores the life and times of Captain Cook, one of the greatest British voyagers, and also examines the eighteenth century’s golden age of British expansion and exploration.
The novel focuses on George Forster, the young botanist on board the HMS Resolution during Cook’s second expedition to the Southern hemisphere 1772-1775. Forster’s account of Cook’s journey, A Voyage Around the World, remains a respected work to this day and resulted into Forster being admitted into the Royal Society at the age of 22. Resolution depicts Forster’s time with Cook, and his extraordinary later life which ended with his death in Paris, during the French Revolution.
A master of both the historical and the human, Wilson will discuss the story’s remarkable cast of characters and its themes of human endeavour, ingenuity and valour.
Not to be missed!
About the Author
A.N Wilson grew up in Staffordshire and was educated at Rugby and New College, Oxford. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and is a prolific and award-winning biographer and celebrated novelist. His most recent book is The Queen (Atlantic 2016). He lives in North London.
Photograph of A. N. Wilson by Sam Ardley
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