Daunt Books Festival 2019

Last Days in Old Europe

Richard Bassett with Adam Zamoyski


Friday 15th March 2019 at 12:00pm  |  Daunt Books Marylebone


Tickets are £7 including a treat from The Monocle Cafe.

In 1979 Richard Bassett set out on a series of adventures and encounters in central Europe which allowed him to savour the last embers of the cosmopolitan old Hapsburg lands and gave him a ringside seat at the fall of another ancien regime, that of communist rule.

From Trieste to Prague and Vienna to Warsaw, fading aristocrats, charming gangsters, fractious diplomats and glamorous informants provided him with an unexpected counterpoint to the austerities of life along the Iron Curtain, first as a professional musician and then as a foreign correspondent. This is a book of charming and sharply observed vignettes, of wine and music, food, friendship and faded empires.

Adam Zamoyski is an award-winning historian who has written extensively on Polish history and culture. His magisterial biography Napoleon:The Man Behind the Myth, has received outstanding reviews since its publication last year.


This event is part of the Daunt Books Festival 2019.
The event will start at 
12:00 and end at approximately 13:00.

Can’t make the talk?
You can buy a signed copy of Richard Bassett’s Last Days in Old Europe here.
Please note, these will only be sent out once the talk has taken place.

Event Details

Friday 15th March at 12:00pm
Event takes place at Daunt Books Marylebone, 83 Marylebone High Street, London W1U 4QW.
Please collect your tickets at the venue.