This year we welcome two brilliant authors who have published two very different though related books.
We are delighted that Peter Moore, author of the recently-published Sunday Times Bestseller Endeavour has agreed to take the place of Imogen Hermes Gowar (who is indisposed) alongside artist Ed Kluz who will be talking about his book The Lost House Revisited.
Peter Moore’s previous book The Weather Experiment was also a Sunday Times Bestseller. BBC4 adapted it as a three-part television series and The New York Times included it in their 100 Notable Books of 2015.
Endeavour is about the famous ship of that name, built in Whitby, that carried James Cook on his first great voyage 250 years ago, visiting Pacific islands unknown to European geography, charting for the first time New Zealand and the eastern coast of Australia. According to Charles Darwin, she helped Cook add a hemisphere to the civilised world.
Though Endeavour achieved fame with that voyage, it had many other lives before being scuttled in 1778 off Newport, Rhode Island during the American War of Independence. Recent news reports suggest that her remains have been discovered.
Peter Moore’s fascination with the ship’s constant mutability and her close involvement with so many significant events of the high-Georgian age, led him to write the book. He will provide a intriguing insight into a great age of discovery.
‘An absolute joy from start to finish, and surely my history book of the year.’ – The Sunday Times
‘Fascinating’ – Michael Palin
Artist Ed Kluz was brought up in Yorkshire and has recently returned to live and work here. His work includes book illustration, wallpaper, fabric design and 3-D objects but of late he has concentrated on artworks expressing his life-long passion, historic architecture, by reimagining great buildings – palaces, grand country houses and follies – that have long since been demolished, fallen into ruin or burnt down. He extensively researches contemporary sources and presents a highly theatrical vision realised through techniques – highly detailed collage and scraperboard chiaroscuro –that he has made uniquely his own. He has exhibited widely, most recently at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park with his very successful one-man show Sheer Folly and at The Lotte Inch Gallery in York.
His recent book, The Lost House Revisited, is lavishly illustrated with his own pictures alongside authoritative texts by Tim Knox (Director of the Royal Collection and former Head Curator of the National Trust), architectural historian Olivia Horsfall Turner and Ed himself.
Ed brings an unparalleled richness of knowledge and perception to his subject, which he communicates with wit and enthusiasm.
Both writers will sign copies of their books after the lunch.