15th November 2016

The life and times of Casanova

Jim Williams

Jim Williams first hit the news when his early novels had the uncanny knack of coming true. 'The Hitler Diaries' was published nine months before the celebrated forgery came out. 'Farewell to Russia' dealt with a nuclear disaster in the Soviet Union months before the Chernobyl disaster. 'Lara’s Child', his sequel to Doctor Zhivago, provoked an international literary scandal and led to his being a guest speaker at the Cheltenham Festival. 'Scherzo', a witty and elegant mystery set in eighteenth century Venice, was nominated for the Booker Prize. All of his fiction has been published internationally. 'The Demented Lady Detectives’ Club is his thirteenth novel. He is an experienced and popular cruise lecturer.

Giacomo Casanova is the great lover and adventurer, whose wit, intelligence and daring made him famous in 18th century Europe. This lecture follows his extraordinary career and describes the world in which he lived. It is populated by outrageous characters including a lecherous cardinal, a cross-dressing French diplomat, and the remarkable Count of St. Germain who was believed to be immortal and to have the power of making diamonds.

The Society meets at the Hull Royal Hotel, 170 Ferensway, Hull HU1 3UF

All lectures are presented in the Royal Suite and start at 7.30pm prompt.


Doors are normally open at 6.45pm but access may be delayed if lecture preparations are not complete.


The audience are requested to please be in their seats before 7.25pm

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