Chiswick Book Festival 2014

The Sixth Chiswick Book Festival is coming! It will run from Thursday September 11th to Monday 15th 2014, based at St Michael & All Angels, Bedford Park, London W4, where books will be on sale courtesy of Waterstones in Chiswick. Tickets are on sale here. Book now, via the Festival Programme page.

PD*41731619 - Version 2ImageAuthors will include Simon Mayo (right), AN Wilson, Charles Spencer, Bryony Gordon (left), Toby Young, Jane Thynne, Elizabeth Buchan, Peter Oborne, Malcolm Gluck, Chris Bryant MP, David Hempleman-Adams, Helen  Macdonald, Sarah Boseley, Stephen Grosz, Andy Miller, Elizabeth Speller, Juliet West, Graham Holderness, Jessie Childs, Judith Flanders, Caroline Moorhead, Elisa Segrave, Fanny Blake, Ross Biddiscombe, Tim Moore, Alice Peterson, Paul Bailey, Oscar Coop-Phane and James MacManus. Watch for more names and see full programme.

The Building of England coverSimon Thurley photo - Version 2Simon Thurley photo - Version 2Simon Thurley, chief executive of English Heritage (left), will speak at the opening event at Chiswick House on Thursday September 11th. He will talk about his book The Building of England: How the History of England has Shaped our Buildings. Simon was closely involved in the restoration of Chiswick House which he included, with Bedford Park, in his Sunday Telegraph list of the most important building developments in English history.


Jane ThynneElizabeth buchanThree sessions will focus on Women at War. Jane Thynne (left) and Elizabeth Buchan (right) will talk about their fictional heroines going undercover in World War II, and Elisa Segrave and Caroline Moorhead will discuss real-life wartime heroines. Juliet West and Elizabeth Speller will speak about their books set in World War I in the closing session, at Chiswick Library at 6pm on Monday September 15th.

The Festival is a non-profit-making, community event. It raises money for the three charities below, all related to reading:

It also raises money for St Michael & All Angels Church which hosts the Festival. This year that money will go to its Organ & Parish Rooms Appeal.

Don’t miss the videos of these book-related events at the Bedford Park Festival which took place at St Michael & All Angels in June 2014:
- Bedford Park, the novel by Bryan Appleyard
Rock Stars Stole My Life!, by Mark Ellen
- Poetry Evening with Louis de Bernieres.

You can also relive highlights of the 2013 Chiswick Book Festival and see its full programme here. There are videos at where you can see the entertaining sessions with Philip Kerr and Jane Thynne, Rula Lenska and Adrian Teal’s Gin Lane Gazette.

Find photos from the 2012 and 2011 Chiswick Book Festivals on Flickr

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