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Great-Uncle Harry: A Tale of War and Empire

29 September 2023, 7.30pm

'Great-Uncle Harry' book cover
'Great-Uncle Harry' book cover
'Great-Uncle Harry' book cover
29 September 2023, 7.30pm

Great-Uncle Harry: A Tale of War and Empire

Michael Palin recreates the extraordinary life and tragic death of his great-uncle Harry who served in the First World War and is the subject of his latest book.
 £32.00 (includes a signed copy of the book)

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About the event

Until he encountered a photograph of an enigmatic young man in army uniform among a stash of family records, Michael Palin had no idea that he had a Great-Uncle Harry.

Following this discovery, he embarked on a quest to uncover more about this man whose life had been cut short at the age of 32 while fighting in the Battle of the Somme.

Michael Palin discusses his new book on Great-Uncle Harry, the product of hundreds of hours of painstaking detective work. Reflecting on his research journey, Palin paints a picture of this previously forgotten figure – an ordinary man who lived an extraordinary life.

There will be no book signing at the end of this event.

About the speaker

Michael Palin has written and starred in numerous TV programmes and films, from Monty Python and Ripping Yarns to The Missionary and The Death of Stalin. He has also made several acclaimed travel documentaries, his journeys taking him to the North and South Poles, the Sahara Desert, the Himalayas, Eastern Europe and Brazil.

His books include accounts of his journeys, novels and several volumes of diaries. From 2009 to 2012, he was president of the Royal Geographical Society. He received a Bafta fellowship in 2013, and a knighthood in the 2019 New Year Honours list.

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Michael Palin
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29 September 2023
7.30pm - 8.30pm
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Royal Hospital Chelsea (Great Hall)
Royal Hospital Road
London, SW3 4SR United Kingdom