Martin Kemp

Speaker: Robert Harris

Topic: Act of Oblivion: the Greatest Manhunt of the Seventeenth Century

Venue: Vinson Lecture Theatre

Time: 19:00-20:00 Saturday 8 October

Talk Summary:

It is the year 1660 and Colonel Edward Whalley and his son-in-law, Colonel William Goffe, have crossed the Atlantic in order to escape the vengeance of the newly restored Charles II. Whalley and Goffe, under the provisions of the Act of Oblivion, have been found guilty in absentia of high treason for their role in the trial and execution of Charles I. Richard Nayler, secretary of the regicide committee of the Privy Council, is the man responsible for tracking them down. Robert Harris, master of the historical novel, turns his attention to one of the most dramatic periods in British and American history to tell the gripping tale of the ‘greatest manhunt of the seventeenth century’. 

Robert Harris is the author of fourteen bestselling novels: the Cicero Trilogy – ImperiumLustrum and Dictator – FatherlandEnigma, Archangel, Pompeii, The Ghost, The Fear Index, An Officer and a Spy, which won four prizes including the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction, ConclaveMunich, The Second Sleep and V2. His work has been translated into forty languages and he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. His latest bestseller is Act of Oblivion.