Napoleon and Trafalgar


Tuesday 5th March 2024:  7.30 pm:  The Newcastle upon Tyne Trinity House


We are pleased to welcome author Nicholas Best, who is coming up to Newcastle from his home in Ely, Cambridgeshire, to talk to the Society.  The title of his address is ‘Napoleon and Trafalgar’, a pairing that we would perhaps not instinctively make.  Yet Nicholas asserts that Napoleon had a firm understanding of the political and strategic implications of both the events leading up to the Battle of Trafalgar and the consequences in its aftermath.  We do not normally consider matters from the French perspective, so I believe this will make for interesting and informative listening.

Light refreshments will be available.  Free admission to Society members, £3 for guests.


Nicholas Best grew up in Kenya and was educated there, in England and at Trinity College, Dublin. He served in the Grenadier Guards and worked in London as a journalist before becoming a fulltime author.  Formerly a literary critic for the Financial Times, he has written more than 20 books, both fiction and non-fiction, and is translated into many languages. His novel TENNIS AND THE MASAI was serialized on BBC Radio 4. His short story THE SOUVENIR was listed in 2010 for the Sunday Times-EFG Bank award, the biggest short story prize in the world.  For more information, see

This book is perhaps of greatest interest to Society members, with many elements no doubt finding their way into Nicholas’ talk.

We look forward to seeing you and do spread the word.

Fair Winds!


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