Tim Butcher is giving an illustrated talk about The Trigger on Thursday 3 July at 7pm in Woodstock Methodist Church, tickets £5.
Tim Butcher is a journalist, broadcaster and the author of Blood River and Chasing the Devil, accounts of his journeys in Africa. The Trigger tells the story of Gavrilo Princip, the teenage assassin who killed Archduke Ferdinand and started the First World War - born penniless, he trekked through Bosnia and Serbia to attend school. As he crossed lines of faith, nationalism and empire he gradually became radicalised. Tim Butcher uncovers new details about Princip and the book has been widely praised:
William Boyd: ‘A fascinating study of one of those rare individuals whose act of violence changed the history of the world. An incisive, shrewd, wholly compelling investigation’
Norman Stone: ‘A splendid book. It takes its place among classics of Balkan history’
Andrew Roberts: ‘This is first class history and in a year swamped with First World War centenary books it’s the one you should read first’