The Power of Chance – The Life of Captain Alan Hillgarth

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Duff Hart-DavisA lecture by Duff Hart-Davis, biographer, naturalist and journalist.

Captain Alan Hillgarth lived an extraordinarily varied life, yet he never had a career plan. He served as a naval officer, King's Messenger, writer, explorer, diplomat and spymaster. Through sheer power of chance, he seemed to land in one important role after another. Drawing on exclusive access to the family archive, Duff Hart-Davis will tell the story of Captain Alan Hillgarth, a man fired by a strong sense of duty, who always made the best of things but never wrote about his numerous secret assignments.

Duff Hart-Davis has written or edited more than fifty books, including biographies of the writer Peter Fleming, the bird artist John James Audubon and the portrait painter Philip de Laszlo. He began his career as a journalist on the Sunday Telegraph and travelled widely as a feature writer before becoming Literary Editor. A keen naturalist, he contributed the Country Matters column to the Independent for fifteen years and has also written extensively on military subjects.

Duff Hart-Davis will be on hand to sign copies of his latest book, 'Man of War: The Secret Life of Captain Alan Hillgarth' (Arrow: 28 May 2013), which will be on sale at a special price of £7.50.

An optional £10 sandwich lunch shall be available from 1215.

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