James Heneage is a founder of the Chalke Valley History Festival and of the Ottakar’s chain of bookshops, which was sold to Waterstones in 2006. He is a former Chairman of the Cheltenham Literary Festival and a Booker Prize judge. Now a full-time writer who lives half of the year in the Peloponnese, his latest novel 'A World on Fire' is set against the Greek War of Independence. The Shortest History of Greece is his first work of non-fiction.
Our world has been shaped by the products of Greek civilisation: philosophy, art, democracy, language, even computers, yet most of us know little about a people and a place that have given us so much. In this talk, James Heneage will expertly chart the odyssey of the Greeks through more than three millennia. From Pericles, the Parthenon and Alexander the Great to the Byzantine Empire and modern Greece, this will be a dramatic tale not to be missed.