Broadcaster and novelist Kate Williams will be talking about her work as a TV historian and ‘The Storms of War’ – her latest book which reveals how the Great War changed everything for one British family.
While the audience enjoys afternoon tea, Kate will be drawing them into the idyllic early summer of 1914 and the lives of the de Witt family, including youngest child Celia, on the brink of adulthood, but who secretly dreams of escaping her carefully mapped-out future and exploring the world.
But the war shakes up all those hopes and ambitions – and soon the de Witts find themselves sidelined and in danger of losing everything they hold dear. As Celia struggles to make sense of the changing world around her, she lies about her age to join the war effort and finds herself embroiled in a complex plot that puts not only herself but those she loves in danger.
Kate Williams is a social historian, constitutional and royal expert, broadcaster and novelist. She regularly appears on radio and TV as an expert on historical, royal and constitutional matters.
She is also the social historian on BBC Two’s Restoration House and has presented historical documentaries on TV and radio.
Wednesday, October 29. 2:30pm. The Beacon, Wantage. Tickets: £10 (includes tea)