School of Politics and International Relations

Professor Rory Cormac Attends 'Authors of the Year' Event

Rory Cormac at 'Author of the Year' event

This May Professor Rory Cormac was invited to attend the Hatchard's 'Authors of the Year' reception, in recognition of the success of his latest publication How To Stage a Coup (Atlantic Books).

Professor Cormac is an expert in secret intelligence, and his latest work is an investigation into the world of secret statecraft and how covert action is shaping the world.

He said about the event "It was such an honour to be invited the Authors of the Year reception, mingling amongst the bookshelves with bestselling writers. I've always wanted my books to be engaging, accessible and read by as wide an audience as possible. Although it can be terrifying putting yourself out there to be reviewed in the national press,  public scholarship is a really fun and rewarding part of academic life. My books have brought me to literary festivals, tv studios and even Downing Street. To me, it's a core part of what being a professor is all about. It's great when students enjoy my books - and even better when they buy copies for their parents too!"

Rory has had several publications in recent years, including The Secret Royals: Spying and the Crown from Victoria to Diana (Atlantic, 2021).

He is also director of the Centre for the Study of Subversion, Unconventional Interventions and Terrorism. Based in the School of Politics and International Relations, the centre brings together unrivalled expertise on security challenges below the threshold of warfare.

Posted on Friday 26th May 2023

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