Edge Hill’s star alumnus Stuart Maconie will return to his university to talk about and read from his new book and much else besides.

A Reading with Stuart Maconie on Thursday 6th October will see the bestselling author and broadcaster present his latest work Hope and Glory – The Days that Made Britain to an audience on the Ormskirk campus, with a question and answer session and book signing afterwards.

In Hope and Glory Stuart goes in search of the places, people and events that have shaped modern Britain. Starting with the death of Queen Victoria, to the Battle of the Somme and the General Strike, and on to the docking of the Empire Windrush and Bobby Moore raising the Jules Rimet trophy, he chooses a defining moment in our nation’s story from each decade of the last century and explores its legacy today.

Stuart said: “Renewing my links with my ‘alma mater’ has been a great pleasure and I’m very much looking forward to returning to Edge Hill for what promises to be a great evening.”

Stuart Maconie is a best-selling author, broadcaster and journalist and attended the former Edge Hill College in the early 80s, studying on an English and Social Science degree. Since graduating, he has been deputy editor of NME, written three other books, including Cider with Roadies, Pies and Prejudice and Adventures on the High Teas. He currently co-presents BBC 6 Music’s Radcliffe and Maconie Show and The Freak Zone, has columns in the Daily Mirror and Country Walking and is the face of BBC North West’s Inside Out.

Looking forward to welcoming him back to campus again, Vice-Chancellor John Cater said: “We’re delighted that Stuart is returning to the University this year. It was over two decades ago that he left us as an ambitious English and Social Sciences graduate and we are extremely proud of his career achievements. He is an inspiration to our students, particularly those who want to break into the competitive media industry and is generally an outstanding ambassador of Edge Hill University. “

Arrival with refreshments is at 6pm, the reading starts at 7pm followed by the book signing and networking afterwards.

To book your place, email corporateevents@edgehill.ac.uk