Book reviews and features about authors at Chiswick Book Festival, where writers talk about their new books every September in events over a long weekend.

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

Queen Victoria at Chiswick House

Local authors session 2015

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?

Chiswick Garden ‘most important in UK’

W B Yeats Nobel prize winning poet lived in Chiswick

Ann Cleeves – author of Vera & Shetland books

Richard Briers CBE actor

Reading Between The Lines – graphology

How to Age Joyfully

Journalism – Robin Lustig interviews Alan Rusbridger

Kate Mosse – historical novelist