Chiswick Book Festival 2020

Images above: Lady Antonia Fraser; Polly Toynbee & David Walker; Professor Peter Hennessy

Polly Toynbee and David Walker are among the names at this year’s Chiswick Book Festival.

The festival will be taking place entirely online this year, Thursday 10  – Monday 14 September.  I have recorded a podcast with them on their book about ten years of Tory rule: The Lost Decade and will also be talking to Oliver Soden, author of a biography of the composer Sir Michael Tippett. Peter Oborne and Richard Heller will be contributing a podcast with Mihir Bose on the history of Indian cricket.

Images above: Oliver Soden; Mihir Bose; Alexandra Shulman

They will be joining the headline speakers announced last month – Lady Antonia Fraser, Alexandra Shulman, Michael Billington, Loyd Grossman and Pat Davies (of the Codebreaking Sisters).

Also on the programme will be historian Peter Hennessy whose three books about the 20th century are being reissued in paperback; and political correspondent Steve Richards, with a new chapter on Boris Johnson in his book on Prime Ministers.

Broadcaster Jeremy Vine will be launching his novel The Diver and the Lover; Konnie Huq will be introducing her children’s book sequel Cookie and the Most Annoying Girl In the World.

A new book about the Portland spy ring – Dead Doubles by former BBC correspondent Trevor Barnes will also be featured and LBC’s Iain Dale, novelist Amanda Craig, and record-breaking children’s artist Rob Biddulph are among other well-known names in this year’s Festival.

Watch the videos on the Chiswick Book Festival website and listen to the podcasts on The Chiswick Calendar website, from Friday 11 September 2020.

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