The field of Waterloo 1815

The field of Waterloo is where men became heroes. The British Army, under the cool-headed Duke of Wellington, vanquished Napoleon, crushing his dreams of empire. This rip-roaring talk from Dr Paul O'Keeffe – author of Waterloo: the Aftermath – commemorates 200 years since this fateful day in European history.

Wednesday 4 November, 7.30pm


The speaker

Dr Paul O'Keeffe

Paul O’Keeffe is an author, historian, lecturer and actor. He read drama at the University of Manchester and was awarded his doctorate by the University of Liverpool.

His most recent book, Waterloo: the Aftermath was described by the Spectator as ‘a model of how narrative history should be written.’ The Washington Post critic wrote of it: ‘If you buy one book to mark this anniversary, buy this one'.

Paul is also author of three critically acclaimed biographies in a trilogy exploring creative genius. Some Sort of Genius profiles the novelist, critic and painter Wyndham Lewis; An Absolute Case of Genius the French sculptor Henri Gaudier-Brzeska; and A Genius for Failure the nineteenth-century painter Benjamin Robert Haydon, which was short-listed for the William M. B. Berger Prize for British Art History.



Date: Wednesday 4 November 2015 at 7.30pm. Drinks and conversation from 6.45pm.
Venue: Hampton Court House, KT8 9BS.

This event is the first of a pair looking back at Napoleon's great land battles, Borodino and Waterloo. Join us on Tuesday 6 October for Napoleon's Doomed Victory – the Battle of Borodino, 1812 with Adam D'Souza. You can purchase a combined ticket for both events and save 20%.