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Talk Durham Book Festival | Secret States: Luke Harding and Julia Ebner

Durham Book Festival | Secret States: Luke Harding and Julia Ebner


Dive into the dark secrets of extremist groups and the shadowy lives of Russian spies in this event with acclaimed writers Luke Harding and Julia Ebner.

No terrorist group has deployed a nerve agent in a civilian area or used a radioactive mini-bomb in London. The Kremlin has done both. In Shadow State, award-winning foreign correspondent Luke Harding investigates how Russian spies helped elect Donald Trump, backed Brexit, murdered enemies and threatened the very basis of western democracy. It is a riveting and alarming investigation into those spies and the way Russia has used them to wage an increasingly bold war in the UK and beyond.

By day, Julia Ebner works at a counter-extremism think tank, monitoring radical groups from the outside. But two years ago, she began to feel she was only seeing half the picture; she needed to get inside the groups to truly understand them. She decided to go undercover in her spare hours, adopting five different identities, and joining a dozen extremist groups from across the ideological spectrum. In Going Dark, Ebner takes the reader on a compulsive journey into the darkest recesses of extremist thinking, the changing nature and practice of these groups, and what is being done to counter them.

Chaired by Claire Malcolm, New Writing North.

This event will have live subtitles provided by Stagetext, delivered by MyClearText.

Event details

Sat 16 Oct 2021, 1:30pm

Live subtitling by MyClearText

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Gala Theatre
Millennium Place

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