John Preston - Fall: The Mystery of Robert Maxwell (In Person)

Part of Derby Book Festival
Derby Book Festival , One Night Events
Thursday 27 May 2021

Part of Derby Book Festival

John Preston - Fall: The Mystery of Robert Maxwell

Thursday 27 May, 3 - 4pm

Socially Distanced Seating with Face Coverings

From the best-selling author of A Very English Scandal  and The Dig,  John Preston brings us the jaw-dropping life story of notorious business tycoon and former Derby County FC owner, Robert Maxwell. 

In February 1991, Robert Maxwell made a triumphant entrance into Manhattan harbour aboard his yacht, the Lady Ghislaine, to finalise his purchase of the ailing New York Daily News. But just ten months later Maxwell was dead, having disappeared overboard from the same yacht off the Canary Islands.

The embodiment of Britain's post-war boom, an Orthodox Jew, he had escaped the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia, fought in World War II and was decorated with the Military Cross. He went on to become a Labour MP and an astonishingly successful businessman.  But on his death his empire fell apart as long-hidden debts and unscrupulous dealings came to light. No one had ever fallen so far and so quickly.

How did a war hero and model of society, who laid such store on the importance of ethics and good behaviour, become reduced to a bloated, amoral wreck?

Live Q&A: There will be an opportunity for Derby Book Festival Authors to answer your questions after the talk. If you have a question, please fill out a question slip before the show starts. These will be available by the entrance to our auditorium. After the talk, a member of our team will collect your question and read it out, so make sure you have it ready! We will try our best to get through as many questions as possible but cannot guarantee all questions will be answered.

Books Purchases and Post-Show Signing: After the performance there will be an opportunity for you to purchase books and get them signed by our Derby Book Festival Authors. After the show, books will be available in our Upper Foyer and book signing will take place in our Café.

Please note: Photographs will not be permitted.

This event takes place in person at Derby Theatre. An online livestream is also available...

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- All bookings must be made in advance. Where possible, please book online via our website where you will be issued with an e-ticket. 

- Please note that the Box Office is currently only available to take calls on Fridays and Saturdays, 11am - 2pm, until further notice. For any enquiries please email or text 07717 346 964 and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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- Book with confidence: we will be offering a flexible ticketing policy to avoid any concern about cancelled performances. A free exchange or refund will be offered in cases of event cancellations due to COVID-19.

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Socially Distanced Seating Pods

- In line with government advice, we are offering seats for all in-person events up until 21 June 2021 in socially distanced pods with one metre distance between each pod. Pods of seats can only be booked and occupied by people from within one household or bubble. 

- Please only book into a seating pod that matches your group size. If the pod size you wish to book is not available, please consider booking two pods of 2 for a group of 4, one pod of 2 and one pod of 3 for a group of 5 and so on. If this is not suitable, please do get in touch to discuss by email or text 07717 346 964.

- Please note there is some level of flexibility and if demand is there we will look to adapt the seating plan as and where we can, while maintaining social distancing, to continue offering varying sized pods (if and where the seating plan allows).

- If government guidelines change before this event takes place, the seating plan may change and capacity may increase.

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Prices from: £11.50 (In Person)