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Past Events

Past EventsWednesday, February 27

The Inquisitor’s Diary

Jeffrey Lewis
David Aukin

Mexico City, 1649. The Spanish Inquisition holds sway over the capital and at its core lies one ambition: the submission of all to the Catholic faith.

Fray Alonso, one of the Inquisitions’ most zealous advocates is forced to leave the capital and head northwards. On his journey he is accompanied by a sole prisoner, Juan, a captured ‘Marrano’ with whom he forges an unlikely friendship which alters both mens’ lives.

Jeffrey Lewis guided his Jewish Book Week audience to this forgotten world, filled with intrigue and secrecy where questions of faith and loyalty are at the heart of every relationship.

Jeffrey Lewis has won a string of awards for his novels including the Independent Publishers' Gold Medal for Literary Fiction. Lewis is the author of Adam the King, Meritocracy: A Love Story, Conference of the Birds, Theme Song for an Old Show, and Berlin Cantata, all published by Haus. He has also received two Emmys and the Writers’ Guild Award for his work as a writer and producer on Hill Street Blues.

David Aukin is a theatrical and executive producer as well as a qualified solicitor. He has been nominated many times for British Academy Television Awards and has won twice for producing films about Tony Blair: The Government Inspector in 2005 and Britz in 2009. While Head of Film at Channel 4 he received the Michael Balcon Award from Bafta for the quality of its output. The films he commissioned at Channel 4 gathered numerous Oscar nominations and they won for the Madness of King George, Secrets and Lies and Trainspotting. Secrets and Lies also won the Palme d'Or at Cannes Film Festival.

 

To buy this book from Blackwell's, click here. Ten per cent of the proceeds of book sales through Blackwell's benefit Jewish Book Week.

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