A radical reappraisal of Charles Darwin from the bestselling author of Victoria: A Life.
Much more than an account of a charming, shy, rich Victorian naturalist, Charles Darwin is, in part, the story of the intellectual life of the West over the last two centuries. Darwin was the product of his times, and acknowledged his theories were based not only on biology but the work of social economists. Darwin, as portrayed by A N Wilson, was the creator of a myth as powerful as that of the Bible. The response to his work has upset Creationists from the mid-19th century onwards, and made him the focus of irrational disdain.
A N Wilson grew up in Staffordshire and was educated at Rugby and New College, Oxford. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, he is an award winning biographer, journalist and novelist and holds a prominent position in the world of literature and journalism.
Friday 20th October 4.00pm
Very well organised, excellent variety in terms of author and presentation. Favourite was Tony Robinson, but I also really enjoyed Julia Shaw (memory very thought provoking), Richard Dannatt (good solid start to festival) JOHN Wright (local and good humour) Alison Weir (such research and knowledge) and Victoria Hislop (novel in a different style).
...Enjoyable, engaging, enthralling...
I sip my Dorset tea and just wanted to say thanks so much for the invitation to the lit fest - I thoroughly enjoyed it...
Congratulations to the whole Lit Fest team. I am glad it has been such a well-deserved success! The huge effort put into it is very clear to see, it is great when that is acknowledged and rewarded! We have been very happy to host the event -we are all very proud to be involved with the Lit Fest...
Thank you for organising the Dorchester Literary Festival. It was our first year...and will certainly attend again. We particularly enjoyed Victoria Hislop (with a good interviewer), Kate Adie and Dr Julia Shaw on Memory - excellent presentation and interesting subject.
We really enjoyed the talks we attended... and look forward to next year's event... Kate Adie was brilliant