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Dinner with John Simpson: Our Friends in Beijing

March 25 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Photograph of John Simpson journalist and novelist

Dinner with John Simpson discussing his book Our Friends in Beijing

2-course dinner + talk & audience Q&A

Oxford resident John Simpson is the BBC’s World Affairs Editor and host of BBC 2’s new ‘unvarnished version of the week’s global news stories’, Unspun World, who calls upon his extensive journalistic experience in his fiction. He joins us for a 2-course literary dinner when he will talk about his latest novel Our Friends in Beijing. He will reveal why he finds it so cathartic to write creatively after half a century covering some of the world’s most devastating real life conflicts, and how liberating he finds storytelling through the lens of his main character, Jon Swift, his fictional alter ego.

Our Friends in Beijing takes Swift to China to unravel myriad lines of enquiry and false trails. It touches on the period around the Tiananmen Square massacre and is described as a thriller about “truth, power, politics and friendship”.

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March 25
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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The White Hart of Wytham
Wytham OX2 8QA United Kingdom
01865 244372
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