As part of the Brook Green Festival, Max Hastings will discuss his new book Catastrphe– a new account of the war’s origins. Max is also writing and presenting a documentary on the outbreak of the war to be broadcast on BBC2 in April 2014 and will be a key figure in the Great War centenary events next year.
Also, in the festival Geordie Greig will discuss his years having meals with Lucian Freud at Clarke’s Restaurant in Kensington. “Greig remembers Freud’s stories: of death threats; escaping from Nazi Germany; falling out with his brother Clement; loathing his mother; painting David Hockney; sleeping with horses; escaping the Krays; painting the Queen; his controversial role as a father; and why Velázquez was the greatest painter. It is revelatory about his art, his lovers, his children, his enemies and his love of gambling“