Chiswick Book Festival

Imogen Stubbs

The ninth Chiswick Book Festival opens on Thursday 14 September with An Evening with Jane Austen at Chiswick House, the same day that the £10 note with her picture on it is published, celebrating 200 years of her life and work. Imogen Stubbs, who played Lucy Steele in the award-winning film Sense & Sensibility, will read extracts from Austen chosen by the event’s other speakers, Paula Byrne (The Genius of Jane Austen), Helena Kelly (Jane Austen: The Secret Radical) and Dr Esme Whittaker, the curator of Chiswick House.

To see Helena Kelly talking to me about her book, in which she explains why she thinks Jane Austen was more of a radical than we have given her credit for, watch the video below.

Elizabeth Buchan will also be appearing at the Chiswick Book Festival to talk about her book The New Mrs Clifton. Carol Douglas reviews it here.