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30 October 2019Oscar : A Life - The Rise & Fall of Oscar Wilde
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29 May 2019The Master Masons
24 April 2019The Story of The Crystal Palace & The Great Exhibition
27 March 2019Timurid Carpet Revival and Persian Miniatures - A Carpet ride to Khiva exploring the revival of 15th century Timurid carpet designs from Persian illuminated manuscripts
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Oscar : A Life - The Rise & Fall of Oscar Wilde Matthew Sturgis Wednesday 30 October 2019

"Some said my life was a lie but I always knew it to be the truth; for like the truth it was rarely pure and never simple":
Oscar Wilde, 3 days before his death - Oscar Wilde was one of the great personalities of his age. As paradox was the motive force of his wit, so it was the defining motif of his life. ...

Oscar: A Life - The Rise & Fall of Oscar Wilde:
Matthew Sturgis is a writer with a deep knowledge of the late Victorian cultural world.  He is the author of acclaimed biographies of the artists Aubrey Beardsley and Walter Sickert, as well as Passionate Attitudes: The English Decadence of the 1890's.  He has contributed book reviews to the Times Literary Supplement, art criticism to Harpers & Queen and football reports to the Independent on Sunday.  He is on the editorial board of The Wildean, The journal of the Oscar Wilde Society.  His new book 'Oscar' is the first major account of Oscar Wilde's life in thirty years.

Oscar: A Life (Head of Zeus, published Otober 2018) is the first major biographical account of Oscar Wilde's Life - in it Matthew Sturgis draws on a wealth of new material and fresh research to place the man firmly in the context of his times.  He brings alive the distinctive mood and characters of the fin de siècle in the richest and most complelling portrait of Wilde to date.

NOMINATED FOR THE WOLFSON HISTORY PRIZE 2019.

SUNDAY TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR.

'Simply the best modern biography of Wilde ... A terrific achievement' Evening Standard.

'Page-turning ... Vivid and desperately moving. However much you think you know Wilde, this book will absorb and entertain you' Sunday Times.

'Wonderfully exciting ... Sturgis's great achievement is to take on board his great flurry of contradictions'Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday.

'[Sturgis] is a tremendous orchestrator of material, fastidious, unhurried, indefatigable' Observer.

'Oscar Wilde is more fashionable than ever ... Sturgis's account of the hearing at the Old Bailey is as gripping as it is grim' Guardian.

'The Book of the Year, perhaps of the decade, has to be Matthew Sturgis's Oscar which captures the wit, the love-ability, the dramatic genius, the insane self-destructiveness, the originality of Wilde ... [Sturgis] is the greatest chronicler of the 1890s we have ever had' TLS, Books of the Year