Petworth welcomes the well-known television historian and novelist Kate Williams to talk about the 1920s and The Edge of the Fall, the second part of a trilogy of novels that started in 2014 with The Storms of War. In the aftermath of the Great War, the de Witt family are struggling to piece together the shattered fragments of their lives. Rudolf and his wife Verena, still reeling from the loss of their second son, don’t know how to function in the post-war world. Their home, Stoneythorpe Hall, has become an empty shell with no servants to ensure its upkeep. Celia, the de Witt’s youngest daughter, is still desperate to spread her wings and see more of the world. To escape Stoneythorpe and the painful secrets that lie there, she moves to London and embraces life and love in the Roaring Twenties.
Kate Williams is a historian and author and Professor of History, as well as appearing regularly on television. She began writing her first book, England’s Mistress, while studying her DPhil at Oxford and has written three further biographies. The most recent biography is Josephine Bonaparte, which is being developed into a TV series by Ecosse films, in conjunction with Andrew Roberts’ Napoleon as Josephine and Napoleon, which she is thrilled about! The Edge of the Fall is her third novel and was widely praised. She appears regularly on television - including on panel shows Insert Name Here and Would I Lie to You? and presents history shows including Inside Versailles.