Ludlow Arts: Word

Ludlow Arts: Word

Ludlow' Great Novelist: Stanley Weyman

Friends of Ludlow Museum

Monday 18 February at 7:00 for 7:30pm

Ludlow Library
Please note change of venue

Speaker: Jim Lawley

Hugh Walpole described Stanley Weyman (1855-1928) as ‘one of the finest masters of the narrative gift the English novel has known’ and Graham Greene referred to his tales of adventure as ‘key books in my life’. Although Weyman’s thrilling, fast-moving novels throw much light on timeless questions of integrity, moral courage and what living a good life entails, and were once as well-known and highly regarded as the works of Oscar Wilde, Rudyard Kipling and Robert Louis Stevenson, they are now tragically forgotten and unread — even in Ludlow. Shamefully, no blue plaque marks his home at 54, Broad Street.

Jim Lawley's annex to Stanley Weyman's masterpiece, Ovington's Bank, published in 2018 by Merlin Unwin Books, contains Weyman's account of his arrest in France in 1885 on suspicion of espionage. Lawley argues that this ordeal was a watershed in his life, kick-starting his career as an internationally best-selling novelist.

Ovington's Bank, which includes Jim's essay, will be available for purchase on the night.

Tickets £4 (members £1) at the door)

Full Friends of Ludlow Museum programme HERE

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