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Sat 25 Apr, 2015

Tales of derring-do in Elizabethan England


The first comic to sell out Wembly stadium, Rob Newman is one of comedy’s most recognizable practitioners, but he’s an equally accomplished novelist. His fourth book, The Trade Secret, is set in Elizabethan England, during its Golden Age of trade and art, when poets and merchants packed the city’s teeming streets. After an oil shortage plunges Isfahan into darkness, renegade English servant Nat, and eccentric Persian poet Darius, set out in search of the secret oil wells said to lie under the abandoned Temple of Mithras. The illicit oil lights a trail of fire running through Venice to London, where our heroes face a deadly reckoning.

Witty and erudite, Newman is sure to be eloquent on the subject of his dual careers, the lessons to be learned from the past, and what it was that inspired him to write an historical swashbuckler.

Book early to avoid disappointment!

What the critics are saying:

“Smart, riveting – a delight. – The List

“A sublimely frisky novel – startling vivid. – New York Times

“An epic novel. Full of incident, emotion and polemic.” – Independent on Sunday

“It has pace, imagination and humour. – The Telegraph

“A rollicking Elizabethan yarn that has much to say about the origins and nature of modern capitalism. Newman’s weaving of fact and fiction is really quite deft.” – The Guardian

  • Date: Sat 25 Apr, 2015
  • Time: 3.15pm
  • Venue: Red Lecture Theatre
  • Ticket Price: £6.00
  • Concessions: £3.00
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