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at Athenaeum Theatre

Antony Beevor: History and Hubris

English historian Antony Beevor is credited with transforming the military history genre. He’s breathed new life into the popular understanding of World War II – holding cherished national myths up to harsh light and enthralling readers with his gift for storytelling.

For his troubles, he’s been knighted and he’s topped bestseller lists, but he’s also sometimes hit raw nerves at home and abroad. Beevor’s wildly successful 1998 book, Stalingrad, has brought him both the most praise and the most controversy. It’s currently banned in the Ukraine and heavily censored in Russia.  

In his latest work of gripping military history, the inimitable Antony Beevor turns his attention to the battle sometimes known as 'Hitler's last victory' – the notorious Battle of Arnhem in the eastern Netherlands. It’s a story of hubris, folly and bad luck – a disaster for the British and their allies – on a grand scale. In Arnhem: The Battle for the Bridges, 1944, it’s a story told with rigour and flair.

Join the eminent and unflinching Beevor as he talks about book bans and battles, with host Michael Veitch.

Hill of Content will be our bookseller for this event.

This event will be Auslan interpreted.


Portrait of Antony Beevor

Antony Beevor

Antony Beevor’s books include Crete (Runciman Prize) Stalingrad (Samuel Johnson, Wolfson and Hawthornden Prizes); Berlin; The Battle for Spain (Premio La Vanguardia); D-Day (RUSI Westminster Medal); The Second World War; Ardennes 1944 (shortlist Prix Médicis); and now Arnhem, another international bestseller. 

Portrait of Michael Veitch

Michael Veitch

Michael Veitch is the author of three plays, Flak, Mystery in the Air and Hell Ship which have toured extensively across Australia. His ninth work, Turning Point, the story of the 1942 Battle of Milne Bay, will be released by Hachette Australia in August 2019. 

In addition to numerous television, film and theatre credits, he has published eight books on such topics as military aviation, marine exploration, the history of the islands of Bass Strait and his latest, Hell Ship, on the most infamous of the emigrant 'plague ships' of the 1850s.


An alchemy of writers. An explosion of ideas.

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Event partners

Logos of partner organisations: Sydney Writers Festival, Auckland Writers Festival, State Library Victoria, State Library of Queensland, Byron Writers Festival and 3RRR


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