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Top comedy writers and performers brought a fresh look to the 8th Chiswick Book Festival, alongside many of Britain’s best-loved novelists, non-fiction writers and children’s authors. Andy Hamilton and Shappi Khorsandi talked about their new novels, as did Janet Ellis, while the creators of the best-selling ‘Ladybirds for Grown-Ups’ series, Joel Morris and Jason Hazely, previewed their latest ‘How It Works’ books due out this Autumn. Dame Jacqueline Wilson and Cressida Cowell headed our Children’s Festival and Daisy Goodwin, who has written the new ITV series Victoria spoke with AN Wilson about Victoria in Fact & Fiction. Paula Hawkins talked about turning her bestselling novel The Girl On The Train into a blockbuster film, out in October.
More than 80 top speakers inspired our audiences on a wide range of topics, including history, politics and economics, fiction, crime, memoir, biography, food, wine and books for children. Read more…
Video preview: Mudlarking Video preview: Santa Montefiore
The 2015 Chiswick Book Festival enjoyed record ticket sales and great feedback. As a result, we we were able to donate £2,500 to each of our three reading charities, who will also benefit from this year’s Festival:
- Doorstep Library, which brings the magic of books and reading into children’s homes in deprived parts of London
- RNIB Talking Books Service and Books for Children
- InterAct Stroke Support, which provides actors to read to stroke patients
The Festival, a non-profit-making, community event, has raised over £50,000 for reading charities and St Michael & All Angels Church (which hosts and runs the Festival) over the past seven years.