30 June 2010
Noted Historian Andrew Roberts to Take Part in July Book Fair
Author of The Storm of War to Write Napoleon Biography
30 June 2010 – Critically acclaimed historian Andrew Roberts will be among the international line-up of authors in Hong Kong for the 21st edition of the HKTDC Hong Kong Book Fair, 21-27 July. Mr Roberts, who recently signed a contract to write a biography of Napoleon Bonaparte, will talk about his approach to research and writing at the Book Fair.
In an interview conducted in London for a Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) webcast – now available at www.youtube.com/hktdc – Mr Roberts said the cradle-to-grave, 900-page life of the emperor is “not coming out till 2014, so don't hold your breath.”
Mr Roberts’ 17 June interview with entrepreneur and author Sir David Tang also offers insights into his book-writing process, including recent best-seller The Storm of War: A New History of the Second World War. "The key job of an historian is to constantly remember that the actual actors in the great drama couldn't see ahead any more than we can today,” said Mr Roberts, adding that he needs isolation when he sits down to write. “You have to get rid of every other consideration. You have to put the whole of the rest of your life on hold, and concentrate solely on the life of somebody else.”
Mr Roberts will join fellow British authors Stephen Fry and Frederick Forsyth at two forums (23 and 24 July) moderated by Sir David during the Book Fair. The Hong Kong Book Fair, organised by the HKTDC, will feature some 200 cultural events under the theme “Reading the World, Writing the Future.” In addition to the forums, the Book Fair will feature other notable English-language authors, including British poet and literary critic James Fenton and children’s novelist and screenwriter Anthony Horowitz.
The city’s own literary talent will also shine, with appearances by New York-born, Hong Kong-raised novelist Andrew Xia Fukuda and novelist Xu Xi, a Chinese-Indonesian from Hong Kong and writer-in-residence at City University of Hong Kong’s Department of English. The latter four authors will each host a seminar at the fair, and several Book Fair authors will be featured in HKTDC webcasts in the coming weeks.
Andrew Roberts webcast – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-gmnIzlDwU
HKTDC Hong Kong Book Fair – http://hkbookfair.hktdc.com
Open Public Forums – http://www.hkbookfair.com/en/News_FairNewsPage.aspx?id=1588
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