Speaker: Simon Heffer

Topic: A History of Britain: From Victoria to the Second World War

Venue: Vinson Building

Time: 14:00-15:00, Saturday 16 September

Talk Summary:

Simon Heffer’s four-volume history of Britain from the reign of Queen Victoria to the Second World War offers an extraordinary account of a nation from the height of Empire to a costly vistory that brought an end to the imperial project. With typically robust opinion, an eye for the telling detail and a gift for bringing historical figures alive, Heffer probes the deep divisions that split Britain, between the haves and have-nots, and warring ideological factions, to reveal a picture of Britain that remains resonant today.


Simon Heffer is one of Britain’s leading commentators, journalists and historians. His latest book is Sing as We Go, the fourth and final volume in his critically-acclaimed sequence of books – High Minds (2013), The Age of Decadence (2017) and Staring at God (2019) – charting the history of Britain in the century from the accession of Queen Victoria to the outbreak of the Second World War. His three-volume edition of the diaries of Sir Henry ‘Chips’ Channon has met with universal acclaim.