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Jesse Norman talks to Suzannah Lipscomb

The Winding Stair

Hay Festival 2023, 

MP Jesse Norman’s witty historical novel The Winding Stair is the story of the rivalry between scholar Francis Bacon and Edward Coke, already acclaimed as the greatest lawyer of his generation. As Queen Elizabeth I is dying and James I waiting to accede, Bacon and Coke are locked in a bitter struggle for influence and power in the palaces, parliaments and royal courts. Norman, the MP for Hereford and South Herefordshire and currently Minister of State in the Department for Transport, discusses combining history and fiction to create a tale of political machinations.

Norman is in conversation with award-winning historian, author, and broadcaster Professor Suzannah Lipscomb.

Jesse Norman talks to Suzannah Lipscomb