Alex reads an extract from his latest book 'The Chair Man', a thriller set in London in 2005. EDITORIAL REVIEW: "'The Chair Man' would make an excellent book club choice, stimulating discussion and lively argument. It contains masses of detailed information, selection from which can justify a wide range of interpretations. Many readers will admire Hollinghurst. He is a good father, particularly to his daughter Natasha, who considers him "the best frigging dad in the world", and he possesses "in spades" the "primal need to feel and protect your own flesh and blood." His son Ben thinks he "could always see the good in others." But that is exactly how many terrorists are remembered by almost all who knew and loved them. "The nearest I ever got to a "terrorist incident" was in East London, when I heard the IRA bomb go off in Docklands in 1996. I cannot predict my reaction were I to be caught up personally in such events, but I hope I would not go the same way as Michael Hollinghurst, the central figure in this entertaining and elaborately-plotted novel. It is a gripping thriller that repays careful and close reading (and I will certainly read it again)." Graham Smith, 2020
Alex gives a presentation to English Heritage volunteers and members of Friends of Kenwood on the subject of John Constable and his place in the history of landscape painting, with special reference to the oil sketch of Branch Hill pond, Hampstead Heath that hangs in Kenwood House.