London Group: Luke Harding

28th June 2018

Luke Harding: How Trump Walked Into Putin’s Net
Thursday 28 June at the Oxford & Cambridge Club

The Somerville London Group is delighted to host author Luke Harding. Luke is a journalist, writer and award-winning correspondent with The Guardian. He has reported from Delhi, Berlin and Moscow and covered wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria. He was Moscow Bureau Chief from November 2007, until February, 2011, when the Kremlin deported him in the first case of its kind since the Cold War.

His latest book Collusion: Secret Meetings, Dirty Money and How Russia Helped Donald Trump Win is a New York Times best-seller. Collusion is a gripping exposé about the nature of the US President’s decades-long relationship with Moscow.

Drawing on exclusive material, Harding tells the story of former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele and his dossier. It is a tale of offshore money, sketchy real-estate deals, a Miss Universe Pageant, mobsters, money laundering, hacking and Russian espionage.

This is Luke’s second visit to Somerville London Group. His first focused on his earlier book, A Very Expensive Poison: The Definitive Story of the Murder of Litvinenko and Russia’s War with the West. Luke is an engaging, well-informed speaker: he makes the world’s biggest political stories accessible and vivid. There were many questions at the first event leading to a high-quality discussion.

His other books include: The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man (the base for Oliver Stone’s 2016 movie, Snowden) and WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War on Secrecy (2011), co-authored with David Leigh. WikiLeaks was the base for the 2013 film The Fifth Estate, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Daniel Bruhl.

The evening begins at 6.30pm with a drinks reception. The talk itself will begin at 7.00pm, followed by questions, and there will be drinks served again after the talk. Copies of Luke’s books will be available for sale.

Tickets are £25 (£10 for alumni who matriculated in 2012 and later) with all Somervillians and guests welcome. Please note that the Oxford and Cambridge Club has a dress code.

Bookings have now closed for this event. For availability enquiries please contact Isabel on 018652 80626 or

If you have not read the book yet, or want to treat a friend, we have a limited number for sale at the event for the special price of £10 (cheaper than Amazon!), which Luke will sign. It will be cash only – no cards on this occasion – so we wanted to let you know in advance.


Date for the Diary at the Oxford & Cambridge Club: Dr Frank Prochaska on The Feminisation of the Monarchy, 29 October tbc.

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