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Chancellor’s Lecture: Life and Work

Robert Harris Interviewed by Chris Patten

Thursday, 4 April 2019

6:00pm

1 hour

Sheldonian Theatre

£8 - £20

Event sponsored by

Bestselling novelist Robert Harris talks about his life and distinguished career, at the personal invitation of the chancellor of the University of Oxford Lord Chris Patten.

Harris is a former journalist and BBC television reporter best known for a series of historical novels including ones set in the Second World war and in ancient Rome. His first novel, Fatherland, set in a world in which Germany had won the Second World War, sold a million copies and was made into a film. It was followed by Enigma, portraying the breaking of the German Enigma code, and Archangel, about a modern-day pursuit of Stalin’s diary. His work also includes a series of novels set in ancient Rome, and his most recent, Munich, set during the 1938 negotiations between Hitler and Chamberlain.

Harris was an early backer of Tony Blair, although they fell out over the Iraq war. His 2007 novel features a recently unseated prime minister, often characterised as a thinly disguised version of Blair. A former donor to the Labour Party, he renounced his support after Jeremy Corbyn appointed Seamus Milne as its communications director and now supports the Liberal Democrats.

Here Harris talks to Patten, a former MP, cabinet minister, chairman of the Conservative Party, governor of Hong Kong and European commissioner, now chancellor of the University of Oxford.

In previous years the Chancellor’s lecture was given by:

Dr Mario Vargas Llosa – 2009
Jung Chang – 2011
Vikram Seth – 2012
Seamus Heaney – 2013
Orhan Pamuk – 2014
Amitav Ghosh – 2015
Professor Frank Dikötter – 2017
Sebastian Barry – 2018

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FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival partners & sponsors

FT Weekend Title partner University of Oxford BBC World Service International radio partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Worcester College Worcester College: Festival college partner Irish Embassy, London Supporters of the Irish programme MIT Press MIT Press. Sponsors of the programme of American literature and culture The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller Head of Zeus The Macdonald Randolph Hotel The festival hotel Italian Cultural Institute HM Government of Gibraltar Festival green room sponsor Gibunco Group Sponsor of Gibraltar Lecture British Academy BBC Four Television Broadcast media partner Earthwatch Europe Ian and Carol Sellars Emily Rose and James Marrow Jill Dunsmore Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture George Warren New College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Cross College St Cross College Jesus College St Hilda’s College 10th St Hilda's day at the festival St John’s College St John's College The Queen’s College The Queen's College Exeter College Exeter College Hertford College Keble College Keble College Oxford Brookes University The Feathers Hotel Said Business School University of Oxford Mathematical Institute Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies The Oxford Times Regional media partner BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design The Royal Society of Literature Royal Literary Fund Princeton University Press Felicity Bryan Associates University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Conference Oxford Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Oxford University Press Floris of London Critchleys City Audio Visual Eynsham Hall Macdonald Bear Hotel Sloane Club Ashmolean Museum British Humanist Association The Story Museum Oxford City Council The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine Liaison Financial Services History of War All About History Steer Oxford Botanic Garden Wadham College Wadham College