Footnotes

A Journey Round Britain in the Company of Great Writers

with Peter Fiennes

Sunday 17th November | 14:30 - 16:00 | Malt Room

Peter Fiennes joins us to share an illuminating journey into Britain’s past and present.

Beginning with Enid Blyton’s favourite holiday spot, the Isle of Purbeck, setting for many of her children’s stories, Peter embarks on a unique exploration of Britain. He follows in the footsteps of some of our greatest writers, tracing paths recorded in their books and journals, and looking for the country they once knew. He joins Somerville and Ross on their ascent of Snowdon; revisits the English journey of JB Priestley in the 30s and Beryl Bainbridge in the 80s, and accompanies Dickens from his house in Gad’s Hill to his finalresting place in Westminster Abbey.

How much has time changed us? Has it been for better, or worse? And how much does our past still inform the present and our image of ourselves?

Blending travel writing, history and biography, wide-ranging and deeply personal, Footnotes is a fascinating quest to discover Britain anew.

  • Fiennes is the best of guides

    John Wright

    Author of A Natural History of the Hedgerow

  • As enjoyable a guide to the relationship of writers to the landscape of Britain as one could hope to read: beautifully written, moving in its reflections, and often very funny.

    Tom Holland

  • Part travelogue, part biography, part meditation on British identity, Footnotes is altogether delightful, and Fiennes is a wise and genial travelling companion.

    Gregory Norminton

    Author of The Devil’s Highway

About the author

Peter Fiennes is the author of Oak and Ash and Thorn (Oneworld) a Guardian Best Nature Book of the Year, and To War with God. As a publisher for Time Out, he published their city guides, as well as booksabout Britain’s countryside and seaside. He lives in Wandsworth London. Find Peter @pfiennes