The actress Tamsin Greig will be reading excerpts from Amy Buller's Darkness over Germany at the book launch and panel discussion to be held at St Paul's Cathedral on Tuesday 16 May 2017.

The event is organised by Cumberland Lodge and the St Paul's Institute, and Cumberland Lodge principal, Canon Dr Edmund Newell, will be chairing it.

Guest speakers include Dr Rowan Williams, Baroness Butler-Sloss, Lord Stern, Professor Maiken Umbach and Professor Kurt Barling.

The evening will feature a panel discussion on the themes of populism, nationalism and extremism and the lessons we can learn from the events of the 1930s in Germany, to avoid repeating the mistakes of the past. It is open to the public and free to attend.

Tamsin Greig is an award-winning British actress,  known for her roles in Black Books (2001-4), Episodes (2011-2017) and Tamara Drewe (2010). She is also the voice of Debbie Aldridge in the long-running BBC radio series The Archers, and she is currently starring as Malvolia in Twelfth Night at the National Theatre.

In 2007 she won both Best Actress at the Laurence Olivier Awards and Best Shakespearean Performance at the London Critics Circle Theatre Awards for her role as Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing. Tamsin is married to the writer Richard Leaf and they have three children.

She will be reading three excerpts from Buller's book, which recounts the hopes and fears of people engulfed in the rise of fascism in Germany during the 1930s.

Driven by her Christian faith, Buller sought to understand how ordinary people were so vulnerable to an ideology with divisive and ultimately catastrophic consequences. She came to view Nazism as a 'false religion'.

'Open Society under Threat? A Warning from History' at St Paul's Cathedral will explore some of the most pressing challenges facing nations and societies today, through the lens of history and this remarkable book, which will be re-pubished in English for the first time since 1945, on the night.

Darkness over Germany: A Warning from History delivers a timely reminder of how a message of hate once fuelled a nation to unite. It is published by Arcadia Books and features a foreword by Professor Kurt Barling and an afterword by Ed Newell.

Copies are available to purchase from Cumberland Lodge at the discounted price of £12.50, from the St Paul's bookshop and book launch for £13, or from bookshops and online stores for £15.