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Greg Jenner in conversation with Shappi Khorsandi

Tuesday 24th March 19:00 at London - Piccadilly

Join author Shappi Khorsandi, as she talks to historian and broadcaster Greg Jenner about his newest book, Dead Famous: An Unexpected History of Celebrity from Bronze Age to Silver Screen.

Best known for his involvement in BAFTA award-winning TV series Horrible Histories, and as the host of the chart-topping podcast You're Dead To Me, Greg is a public historian and an Honorary Research Associate at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Dead Famous is a surprising, funny, and fascinating exploration of both a bygone age and how we came to inhabit our modern, fame obsessed society. The book spans the Bronze Age to the coming of Hollywood's Golden Age, and assembles a vibrant cast of over 125 actors, singers, dancers, sportspeople, freaks, demigods, ruffians, and more, in search of celebrity's historical roots. Greg reveals why celebrity burst into life in the early eighteenth century, how it differs to ancient ideas of fame, the effect it had on public tastes, and the psychological burden stardom could place on those in the glaring limelight.

‘A wonderful idea, gloriously put into practice, Greg Jenner is as witty as he is knowledgeable’ - Tom Holland

Greg will be joined by Shappi Khorsandi, comedian and author of Nina is Not Ok and A Beginner's Guide To Acting English, to discuss how his book explores topics such as the politics of the selfie pout and the origins of the fangirl.

Please join Greg and Shappi for what promises to be hilariously historical evening.

Waterstones Piccadilly is a fully accessible venue. Please email events.piccadilly@waterstones.com with any queries regarding accessibility.

London - Piccadilly Waterstones, London - Piccadilly
Tuesday 24th March 19:00
£25 entry including a copy of 'Dead Famous'
£8 General Admission, £6 Waterstones Cardholder

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