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Lord Desborough Speaks - Boat Race Update

Monday, 20 March 2023

Above the photograph of the 1877 Oxford crew (posed in front of the Oxford University Boat Club barge) is an edited 1938 BBC audio clip of Lord Desborough’s recollections.

Next Sunday, on 26 March 2023, the 168th Boat Race between the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, will take place, contested between Putney and Mortlake. So it’s a good time to reach back to the 34th Boat race which…

William Grenfell, Balliol College and Dr Jowett

Monday, 28 November 2022

William Henry Grenfell in the Harrow cricket XI, 1873


Dear Titan Supporters

We wanted to give you a Titan of the Thames update before Christmas. As you already know we have completed the final drafts of our chapters and submitted them to Unbound. We are in the process of finishing the various appendices (Chronology, Table of Appointments & Honours, Sources & Bibliography, and Acknowledgements…

Willy goes to War: the Suakin Interlude

Tuesday, 6 September 2022

Dear supporters of Titan of the Thames

We have been much encouraged by your interest in our life of Lord Desborough, so we wanted to offer another excerpt and an update on progress. We have chosen - below - an adventure from early in Lord Desborough's life: in this case his time as a special correspondent in Sudan working for the Daily Telegraph, portraying a world somewhat different to our…

Willy and Ettie

Thursday, 7 April 2022

Dear Titan supporters

We are very grateful for your support for Titan of the Thames: The Life of Lord Desborough and wanted you to know that we are making good progress with the fund-raising (now at 71%, and all the Titan marmalade spoken for). Of course, we are keen to spread the word, so do pass on information about the book to anyone you think might like to become a supporter and help us get…

Katherine Grainger steps on board

Thursday, 3 March 2022

We are delighted that Dame Katherine Grainger has agreed to contribute a Foreword to Titan of the Thames, our forthcoming life of Lord Desborough.

[photograph courtesy University of Glasgow]

Katherine is a five-times Olympian and gold medalist in rowing and now Chancellor of the University of Glasgow and Chair of UK Sport. She is therefore well placed to introduce the life and legacy of Lord…

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