Vive la Résistance!
Fergus Butler-Gallie, Caroline Moorehead,
Chair: Anne Sebba
Wherever fascism has taken root, it has met with resistance. What drives people to such extraordinary courage? Fergus Butler-Gallie explores the lives of fifteen clergymen and women who fought fascism through acts of inventive heroism; whoever said that Christians had to be meek and mild hadn’t met Father Kir – parish priest, French resistance hero and inventor of Kir Royale. Caroline Moorhead tells the story of four courageous women – Ada, Frida, Silvia and Bianca – who helped form the Italian Resistance to Mussolini and the Nazis. They were not alone; thousands of people throughout occupied Italy rose up and fought to liberate their country. Ada’s house deep in the mountains became a meeting place and refuge for many of them as they brought about the death rattle of Mussolini’s two decades of Fascist rule with its greed, corruption and antisemitism.
In Association with the CCJ
The Reverend Fergus Butler-Gallie is Assistant Curate at Liverpool Parish Church and the author of A Field Guide to the English Clergy, a Best Book of the Year for The Times, Mail on Sunday and BBC History. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Oxford and a bachelor’s degree in theology from the University of Cambridge. He once accidentally appeared on Only Connect. Priests de la Resistance! is his second book.Caroline Moorehead
Caroline Moorehead is the biographer of Bertrand Russell, Freya Stark, Iris Origo and Martha Gellhorn. Her book on the French Resistance, Village of Secrets, was a Sunday Times bestseller and was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize in 2014. Her 2017 book A Bold and Dangerous Family was shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award, and her most recent book A House in the Mountains: the Women Who Liberated Italy from Fascism was published in November. She lives in London.
Anne Sebba: award winning biographer, historian and author of eleven books. Her latest book is Ethel Rosenberg: An American Tragedy published in the UK and US in 2021. In 2016 Les Parisiennes: How the Women of Paris Lived, Loved and Died in the 1940’s was the winner of the 2016 Franco-British Society book prize. Previously Anne wrote That Woman, a biography of Wallis Simpson and the scandal of the 1936 abdication crisis based on her discovery of a secret cache of letters. A former Reuters Foreign Correspondent, Anne is a broadcaster and regularly appears on television talking about her books. She is a former chair of Britain's 10,000 strong Society of Authors and lecturer who gives talks to a variety of audiences in the US and UK as well as on cruises and is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research.