An all-star line-up has been announced to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Chorleywood Literary Festival, which takes place on November 4 – 18.

Headlining this year is iconic children’s book-illustrator Judith Kerr, who will be discussing her much-loved books including Mog and The Tiger Who Came to Tea, whilst other highlights include Vince Cable introducing his book on the 2008 economic crash After the Storm; Charles Moore who explores what it’s like to be the official biographer of Margaret Thatcher, and Nick Frost who will be talking about his candid autobiography, Truths, Half Truths & Little White Lies: A Memoir.

The festival will launch its first ever Debut Author Evening, in association with publishers Weidenfeld and Nicolson, who will introduce their up-and-coming authors Antonia Honeywell, Catriona Ward, Colin MacIntyre and Laura Barnett.

Book lovers will also be treated to talks from author and parliamentarian Melvyn Bragg on his latest title Now is the Time, Costa award-winning author Andrew Miller discussing The Crossing; British poet and novelist Sophie Hannah on A Game For All the Family and Sunday Times-bestselling author Tasmina Perry, who will be joined by Stella Newman and Louise Lee for an evening of food and fiction.

For history lovers, Jonathan Dimbleby tells us why The Battle of the Atlantic was crucial to victory in WWII; Dan Cruickshank talks about A History of Architecture in 100 Buildings; Jonathan Beckman explains How to Ruin a Queen;  Claire Harman introduces us to Charlotte Bronte; classical music journalist John Suchet tells the story of Vienna’s  Strauss family in all its triumph and disaster; Giles Milton enlightens us with some weird and wonderful little-known historical facts, and Natalie Livingstone discusses the lives and loves of The Mistresses of Cliveden.

Television personality and antiques expert Judith Miller shares her vast knowledge of antiques, and gives valuations in a mini antique roadshow-esque event and finally in a rare joint appearance, historian Wendy Holden will be joined by ‘born-survivor’ Eva Clarke, to tell the story of three Jewish prisoners who defied their Nazi guards, hid their pregnancies, and brought three ‘miracle babies’ into the world.

Image courtesy Hodder & Stoughton

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