BBC World Affairs Editor John Simpson will talk about his debut novel, Moscow, Midnight at Penyard House in Ross-on-Wye on Tuesday, November 13.

Moscow, Midnight is a revelatory thriller involving a death which leads protagonist Jon Swift into a violent underworld, where whispers of conspiracies, assassinations and double-agents start blurring the line between friend and foe.

John Simpson is the BBC's most senior news broadcaster. Joining the BBC in 1966, he has reported from 140 countries and interviewed about 200 world leaders, including Mikhail Gorbachev, Margaret Thatcher, Colonel Gadaffi, Nelson Mandela, and Robert Mugabe.

During the Iranian revolution he flew to Tehran with Ayatollah Khomeini. John dodged the bullets in the Tiananmen Square massacre, danced on top of the Berlin Wall in 1989, and was on hand for the revolutions in Czechoslovakia and Romania. In 1994 he covered the end of apartheid in South Africa. He watched the missiles fall on Baghdad in the first Gulf War, and was in Northern Iraq during the 2003 invasion. He reported on the fall of Kabul in 2001, the contested election in Iran in 2009, and the revolutions in Egypt and Libya in 2011. In 1991 he was made a CBE for his reporting.

The event has been organised by Rossiter Books, and tickets are available from their shops in Ross on Wye (01989 564464), Monmouth (01600 775575) and Leominster (01568 611766).