Chiswick Book Festival


2018 was the tenth anniversary of the Chiswick Book Festival and Author Programme Director Jo James pulled out all the stops to gather a clutch of big names: novelists Anthony Horowitz, Kate Mosse, Joanna Trollope and Ann Cleeves; historians Max Hastings and Charles Spencer; spy writers Charles Cumming and Jane Thynne; poet Roger McGough and comedian turned children’s author Julian Clary were among the speakers.

The festival opened with a session on Vanity Fair at Chiswick House, while the acclaimed ITV drama was showing on television. One of the highlights was former Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger talking to former BBC journalist Robin Lustig.

This was the year that Festival Director Torin Douglas began to find out how many published authors were associated with Chiswick (250 and counting at time of writing, including some literary stars). It was also the start of the Cookbook festival, with master chef John Torode, ‘Deliciously Ella’ Mills and cooking on a budget queen Jack Monroe not only talking about their recipes but demonstrating them and offering samples.