Chiswick Book Festival this weekend

Director of the Chiswick Book Festival, Torin Douglas MBE and Jo James, Author Programme Director, have excelled themselves this year with a top line up for the 10th Chiswick Book Festival.

The festival welcomes back historians Charles Spencer and Max Hastings. The 9th Earl Spencer will be talking about his book To Catch A King, which recounts the tale of his relative (albeit on the wrong side of the blanket) King Charles II’s mad dash across the English countryside to escape the fate of his father. Sir Max Hastings will be discussing Vietnam, An Epic Tragedy, 1945 – 75 which he experienced first hand as a 24 year old reporter and now revisits with all the rigour of an acclaimed historian

Kate Mosse

I’m mid way through Kate Mosse’s book The Burning Chambers, the first of a sequence by the historical novelist in which she returns to Carcassonne, scene of her best selling novel Labyrinth. ‘A story of love and loss, war and displacement spanning three centuries and sweeping from Carcassonne and Toulouse to South Africa, via Paris, Amsterdam and London.’ I’m at the bit where Minou, a Catholic girl whose family harbours a dark secret, is falling in love with Piet, a Hugenot with secrets of his own, and her timing couldn’t be worse…

Novelists Kate Mosse and Joanna Trollope are appearing next weekend, as are authors of spy thrillers Anthony Horowitz and Charles Cumming and many others.

You can see my interview with Anthony Horowitz here and with Charles Cumming here and a profile of Director of the Chiswick Book Festival Torin Douglas here.

Read more about the book festival here