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Althorp Literary Festival

Saturday 14 June 2014

About Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson has been Mayor of London since May 2008, when he received the largest personal mandate in British political history. Initially coming to public attention as a journalist, he became editor of The Spectator in 1999, then later served as the Member of Parliament for Henley from the 2001 general election until 2008. Besides his work as a journalist, Boris has published several books, including Friends, Voters and Countrymen, an autobiographical account of his experience of the 2001 election campaign. In 2011 he published Johnson’s Life of London, a celebration of some of the people – from Roman times to the present day - who have given London its vibrancy and character. Boris, an Eton and Oxford scholar, steeped in the Classics as well as in this nation’s great written works, will be interviewed about his literary tastes.

About Charles Spencer

Charles Spencer, best-selling author of Blenheim: Battle for Europe, presents an exclusive preview of his new history book, Killers of the King, ahead of its release by Bloomsbury in September 2014. In January 1649, the King of England, Charles I, was executed, having been sentenced to death by a tribunal of mainly military men. In a tale of revenge and terror, Charles Spencer explores what happened when the Restoration arrived and retribution was brought against those who prosecuted, condemned, or oversaw the execution of the king. From the men who returned to the monarchist cause and betrayed their fellow regicides to those that fled the country in an attempt to escape their gruesome punishment, the book recounts the fate of the fourscore men who dared to kill a king.