During his time with the BBC, Jon has interviewed President Obama at the White House, and been singled out by Donald Trump in an infamously combative press conference, as the Commander-in-Chief hissed "I know who YOU are". But he also has a wealth of experience covering another side to the US: the feelings of powerlessness and injustice so prevalent in the country of late. From the Ferguson riots, to the birth of the #blacklivesmatter movement, to the decline of American industrial and manufacturing heartlands, he has seen the rage of the American electorate that is mirrored in the face of its mercurial new President.
'Jon Sopel may be the sanest man in America. He is certainly one of the most insightful immensely enjoyable.' - Bill Bryson
If Only They Didn't Speak English reflects this experience: an essential guide to the America of today, Jon's wit, perceptiveness and razor-sharp political critique are here turned towards a country mired in a storm of extremism, division and perversity. Jon argues that we should start seeing America as a truly foreign county that way we might understand it better. Join us for the opportunity to hear from Jon in store, and to further probe Jon's perspective with questions of your own.
The ticketing cost includes a paperback copy of If Only They Didn't Speak English now revised, and including an extensive new chapter, charting the chaos of Trump's first year in power.