Fresh this Week:
Conceived in Jamaica, Elizabeth Marsh (1735-85) traveled further than most men, including eastern and southern India, visiting the world's biggest ports and naval bases, from Portsmouth to Rio de Janeiro. Author Linda Colley, author of In The Ordeal of Elizabeth Marsh, reads tonight at The London Review Bookshop, or you can hear her on Radio 4's Start the Week. Thursday 14, 7pm, LRB, 14 Bury Place, WC1A 2JL - Buy online or call for tickets: 020 7269 9030.
Just out the Van:
Who was it who said “There is no such thing as bad publicity except your own obituary”? Next Tuesday Deathless Prose looks at how turning the chaos of life into a few succinct paragraphs that are at once respectful, illuminating and honest is a task beyond all but the hardiest writers. And who are obituaries for anyway - friends, family, or immortality? Obituarist Martin Vander Weyer, Business Editor of the Spectator, is joined by the royal biographer Hugo Vickers and columnist and obituarist Veronica Horwell to explore the darker corners of the newspaper pages.
Tuesday 19, 7pm, £7, Guardian Newsroom, 60 Farringdon Road, EC1R 3GA - for tickets: 020 7713 0023.
Three for a Pound:
1. Why I write: Tim Lott.
2. We Need to Talk About Lionel Shriver?
3. Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson.
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