portrait of Gavin Esler

The normalisation of lies in public life… #FakeNews

Monday 16 March, 6pm-7pm
Victoria Gallery & Museum, University of Liverpool


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A book signing and free drinks reception will follow the event. 


Gavin Esler is an award-winning television and radio broadcaster, novelist and journalist. He is the author of five novels and two non-fiction books, The United States of Anger, and most recently Lessons from the Top, a study of how leaders tell stories to make other people follow them. It’s based on personal encounters with a wide variety of leaders, from Bill Clinton and Angela Merkel to Tony Blair, Margaret Thatcher, and even cultural leaders such as Dolly Parton.

His novels - Loyalties, Deep Blue, The Blood Brother, and A Scandalous Man - were followed by the paperback publication of Power Play, a tense drama centred on a profound disagreement between the governments in Washington and London over terrorism. 

His non-fiction book on leaders and leadership details how all great leaders are also great story-tellers. From Moses and Jesus in the Bible to Churchill and leaders in business, politics and cultural life in the 21st century, Lessons from the Top explores the three stories that every leader tells: Who Am I? Who Are We? And Where Will My Leadership Take Us. The book has led to a separate career lecturing audiences as diverse as business groups, university business schools and literature departments, plus military and other organisations interested in leadership and communications.

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