Oliver Cromwell House to play host to popular author


Oliver Cromwell’s House will be hosting an “Audience With Jemahl Evans”, author of ‘The Last Roundhead’, to launch of his second novel ‘This Deceitful Light’.

On Thursday 21 September, the audience will be able to hear Jemahl in conversation, as he discusses his love of history and his path to becoming an author. There will also be a Q&A session afterwards and an opportunity to purchase a signed copy of his newest release.

The second book in the Blandford Candy series, Evans’ newest novel revolves around a murdered actor and English Civil War skulduggery. Set in the 17th century, it gives a realistic portrait of Cromwell, his unfortunate teenage son and an account of the battle of Marston Moor.

Tracey Harding, Manager at Oliver Cromwell’s House said “We are delighted Jemahl has chosen to launch his second book at Oliver Cromwell’s House. Jemahl visited us whilst he was researching his second book and it will be exciting to see his work come to fruition. The event is set to be an engaging evening with a combination of humour and history, held in the very room that features in the novel.”

The “Audience With” concept was premiered during the Ely Eel Festival Weekend earlier this year, when Oliver Cromwell’s House played host to a foodie themed event, with Celebrity Chefs, Theo Randall and Jane Devonshire and the team behind the first Sake Brewery in the UK.

Tickets are priced at £10 and are bookable online at www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk

Doors open at 6.30 pm where a glass of Cromwell’s Cider will be served prior to the 7 pm start.  Copies of “This Deceitful Light” are already on sale in the Gift Shop at Oliver Cromwell’s House priced £7.99.

Reviews of Jemahl Evans’ The Last Roundhead:

·         It is great fun and a rollicking good read, while Candy lives an exceptionally and, somewhat unlikely, charmed life in surviving the perils and vicissitudes of the war. The language is ribald and entirely immersed in the culture and conventions of crude 17th-century England. Footnotes and endnotes provided by the editor give the historical detail and context of the narrative intended as an accurate accompanying scholarly apparatus. The story is similar in style to the parodies by Robert Nye, written with an appropriate zest and dash." 
- Historical Novel Society

·         '...a hero who owes much to the legendary Flashman is drinking and whoring his way through the English Civil War.[...]an entertaining and witty guide to the political intrigues of the early Civil War. [...] the research is impeccable and the writing full of verve'
- Antonia Senior,The Times