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March 10, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Non-fiction

New World, Inc – The Story of the British Empire’s Most Successful Start-Up

Simon Targett
Simon Target and cover


Loughton Library, Trap’s Hill
Loughton, IG10 1HG
£5 concessions (27 years and under)

Box Office:

Mercury Theatre
01206 573948

The thrilling story of the English merchant adventurers who changed the world.

In the mid-sixteenth century, England was a small and relatively insignificant kingdom on the periphery of Europe, and it had begun to face a daunting array of social, commercial and political problems. Struggling with a single export – woollen cloth – a group of merchants formed arguably the world’s first joint-stock company and set out to seek new markets and trading partners. This start-up venture transformed England in to a global power and sowed the seeds of nascent modern America.

New World Inc book cover



Dr Simon Targett is a writer, historian and media consultant who has served as a correspondent and senior editor on the Financial Times and as global editor-in-chief of The Boston Consulting Group. Here he will discuss New World, Inc.- the riveting story of pilgrims, profits and the venture capitalists behind Sir Francis Drake and Sir Walter Raleigh.

“Part business history, part swashbuckling adventurer’s tale… A fascinating read.”
Larrie D. Ferreiro, author of Brothers At Arms

“Fascinating… Powerful and convincing” BBC History Magazine


Photo of Dr Simon Targett (c) Nicky Adams


Loughton Library
Trap’s Hill
Loughton, IG10 1HG
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