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Mike Jay: The Influencing Machine


Housmans Bookshop, King's Cross


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Mike Jay: The Influencing Machine

A talk from the London Review of Books and Wall Street Journal contributor

"A stunning reordering of life in the revolutionary years of the early 19th century."

- The Guardian
Author Mike Jay discusses the fascinating story of James Tilly Matthews, a Londoner swept up in the movement for progressive political reform in the late 1700s. The first documented case of paranoid schizophrenia, Matthew’s insisted his mind was controlled by a machine for espionage purposes – yet many of the incredible conspiracies in which he claimed to be involved were entirely real. This event is free with guaranteed entry. You need to be registered to book, but rest assured, we won't charge you a penny.

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