Annual Book Festival in Chiswick, London W4, where authors talk about their new books in interviews and discussion events over a long weekend in September.

I love you, You’re perfect, Now change

The Chiswick Playhouse has opened its first production under its new name. in the studio space above the Tabard pub. I love you, You’re perfect, Now change is running until 30 November. I went to see it last week and it was great fun. It’s billed as a brand-new version of a hit musical. To me it seemed more like a revue – a selection of songs based on different scenarios on the theme of love, sex and relationships, but with no over-arching story line. It’s none the less engaging for that. The four actors / singers are very accomplished West End performers and Laura Johnson in particular has a fabulous voice.  You

So many memorable moments, so many vivid memories

The Best Book Festival yet?

2018 Chiswick Book Festival in pictures

2019 Chiswick Book Festival in pictures

2019 Chiswick Book Festival in pictures The 2019 festival was rich with authors who live locally talking about fascinating topics: Polly Devlin on her memoir Writing Home, Lucy Briers about her late father Richard Briers, who lived for many years in Chiswick, whose biographer James Hogg joined Lucy and actor Peter Egan to celebrate his life; Cahal Dallat on WB Yeats and Tom Mangold on the Profumo Affair. Graham Holderness talked to broadcaster Julian Worricker about Meat, Murder, Malfeasance, Medicine and Martyrdom: Smithfield Stories: Wat Tyler, Anne Askew, Sweeney Todd, Jack the Ripper, Heinrich Himmler & more ... a gruesome presentation if ever there was

Ten years of the Chiswick Book Festival

A year of inspiring women

2017 Chiswick Book Festival in pictures

2017 Chiswick Book Festival in pictures Actor Imogen Stubbs was among the panel at the opening session of the 2017 Chiswick Book Festival, discussing the work of Jane Austen, in the year which commemorated the 200th anniversary of her death. A year of 'inspiring women' also included Somerset Maugham and Costa Prize winning novelist Maggie O'Farrell, broadcaster Clare Balding, perfumier Jo Malone, Martine Wright, who competed in the Paralympics after losing her legs in the 7/7 London bombings, and athlete and adventurer Sarah Outen. Below also: broadcaster Jeremy Vine; journalist Hunter Davies; wine writer Oz Clarke and comedian and children's author David Baddiel.

2016 Chiswick Book Festival in pictures

2016 Chiswick Book Festival in pictures 2016 was a big year for children's authors. We had both Jacqueline Wilson, author of many, many books including the Tracy Beaker series, and Cressida Cowell, who had just completed her series  How to Train Your Dragon: 12 books which she started writing in 1998, which have been phenomenally successful and spawned blockbuster films. Victoria Hislop, number one best-seller with her first novel The Island, talked about her latest book Cartes Postales from Greece. S.J. Watson, author of Before I Go To Sleep and Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train discussed having their books, both psychological thrillers, made into films. Below also: comedians Shappi Khorsandi and Andy Ha

2015 Chiswick Book Festival in pictures

Queen Victoria at Chiswick House

Festival “challenging and informative” says Fr Kevin

Woman’s Hour presenter Jane Garvey at the 2016 festival

Comedian Richard Herring pops in to the 2016 festival

At home with festival Director Torin Douglas

Why we run a book festival – Director Torin Douglas

Local authors session 2015

2017 Chiswick Book Festival video snapshot

Carol’s Picks – The New Mrs Clifton

Carol’s Picks – The Co-Op’s Got Bananas

150 years of Alice in Wonderland

Biography of American wartime spy Virginia Hall

Terrorism linked to domestic violence

Domestic violence linked to terrorism Festival review by Bridget Osborne October 2019 Photograph above: Jess Phillips MP in the Chamber of the Houses of Parliament Labour MP Jess Phillips says she’s had it explained to her in graphic detail what some angry men would like to do to her. She gets messages like this one: ‘Unless you change your attitude, be afraid, be very afraid... Wherever you are, keep looking over your shoulder ... You and your Remain friends have been warned’ and messages which are much more explicit than that. Paula Sherrif MP says she gets death threats ‘every single day’. ‘I’ve received death threats, I’ve received rape threats, I’ve been shouted at in the streets, I’ve had abusive phone calls’. 23 year o

Is Chiswick Britain’s most literary location?

Meeting authors who you’ve read for years

Vanity Fair – the Chiswick connection

Prince Albert: The Man Who Saved the Monarchy

Marie Colvin’s Final Assignment

The Art of the Thriller

Who organises the Chiswick Book Festival?