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Members of The London Library have access to a unique humanities library for use in their own homes or workplaces, in addition to congenial spaces in which to read and work.

 

20th Century Plague with Laura Spinney

Monday 25 June 2018

6pm - 7.30pm

The Common Room, 6th Floor Members Area

Laura Spinney looks at the forgotten history of the 20th century’s worst disaster, the Spanish flu of 1918

Laura Spinney is an author and science journalist. She has published two novels in English, The Doctor and The Quick. She has also published a volume of oral history called Rue Centrale and, in 2017, a non-fiction account of the Spanish flu entitled Pale Rider: the Spanish flu of 1918 and how it changed the world. She writes on science for National Geographic, The Economist, Nature and The Guardian among others.

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The Remarkable Lives of the Suffragettes* with Diane Atkinson

Thursday 5 July 2018

6:30pm - 8:30pm

Reading Room

Marking the centenary of female suffrage, Diane Atkinson discusses her definitive history charting women's fight for the vote through the lives of those who took part.

*: In partnership with Bloomsbury Institute

18:30 Doors open
19:00 Talk begins
19:50 Q&A
20:30 Event ends

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Haig's Enemy: Crown Prince Rupprecht of Bavaria and Germany's War on the Western Front 1914-18

Wednesday 5 September 2018

6pm - 7.30pm

The Common Room, 6th Floor Members Area

In Haig's Enemy, Jonathan Boff explores the tragic tale of Rupprecht's war — the story of a man caught under the wheels of modern industrial warfare. Providing a fresh viewpoint on the history of the Western Front, Boff draws on extensive research in the German archives to offer a history of the First World War from the other side of the barbed wire. He revises conventional explanations of why the Germans lost with an in-depth analysis of the nature of command, and of the institutional development of the British, French, and German armies as modern warfare was born. Using Rupprecht's diaries and letters, many of them never before published, Boff explores the Great War through the eyes of one of Germany's leading generals, shedding new light on the controversies of the Western Front and forcing us to challenge many of the First World War's myths.

Jonathan Boff is a Senior Lecturer in History and War Studies at the University of Birmingham, where he teaches courses on conflict from Homer to Helmand. He specializes in the First World War. Haig's Enemy: Crown Prince Rupprecht and Germany's War on the Western Front, 1914-18 was published by Oxford University Press in April this year.

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The End of Theatre Censorship with Michael Billington

Thursday 27 September 2018

6:30pm - 8:30pm

Reading Room

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Theatre’s Act 1968 Michael Billington will chair a panel of experts looking at the history of theatre censorship dating back to the Licencing Act 1737 and debating different types of censorship that exist in theatre today.

18:30 Doors open
19:00 Talk begins
19:50 Q&A
20:30 Event ends

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The London Library Philosophy Group

Every second Wednesday of the month

6th Floor Members' Room 

The group is open to all members, from complete beginners to those who are well read in the subject. All that is asked is that members are willing to join in the discussion and should have read the text that is being discussed which will be circulated in advance of each meeting.

London Library members wishing to attend meetings should register their interest with the group co-ordinator, Library member John Robinson, by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with a name and contact phone number.

Members will receive further details about the group, and a reading and resources list which relates to the topic being discussed at the end of each meeting.

Free to members. Numbers are limited to 15 members each meeting.


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