Ben Wilson was born in 1980 and educated at Pembroke College, Cambridge, where he graduated with a first class degree and an MPhil in history. He is the author of three books and was named in 2005 as one of Waterstone’s 25 Authors of the Future. He has consulted on scripts for various TV history progammes, and has himself appeared on TV and on national radio in the UK, Ireland and the USA. He has given lectures at Tate Britain, Cambridge and Zagreb and at book festivals in the UK including the Edinburgh Festival. He has written for the Spectator, Literary Review, Independent on Sunday, Scotsman, Men’s Health, Guardian Online and GQ. Ben will be talking about his new book, Heyday: Britain and the Birth of the Modern World (W&N) described as ‘immensely enjoyable’ by Tom Holland, ‘a wonderfully engrossing and intelligent read’ by the Sunday Times and ‘narrative history of the highest quality’ by the Daily Telegraph.