It used to be a weekend festival but it’s kinda spread. The Chiswick Book Festival kicks off tonight (Tuesday) with the Quiz night at the Fuller’s Griffin Brewery. The ticket price of £25 per head (you need a team of four) includes two pints of Fuller’s beer and finger food from the Cookbook Festival team.
The Local Authors’ night is at Waterstones on Wednesday evening, with James O’Brien signing copies of his book How to be Right downstairs at 6.30pm.
Historian AN Wilson will speak about his book Prince Albert: The Man Who Saved the Monarchy at Chiswick House on Thursday evening at 7.00pm.
Then it’s into the full glorious mayhem of the weekend, with How to Train Your Dragon author Cressida Cowell heading up the Children’s festival, and a great line up of historians, politicians, journalists and novelists talking about their books on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
To name a few … Max Hastings on the Dam Busters Story; Tim Bouverie on Appeasing Hitler: Chamberlain, Churchill and the Road to War; Andrew Lownie on The Mountbattens; Lindsey Hilsum and Paul Conroy on Life and Death with Marie Colvin; Tom Mangold on The Profumo Affair; Ken Livingstone on Livingstone’s London and an illustrated talk by David Parker on Laurie Lee: The Lost Recordings to mark the 60th anniversary of the publication of Cider with Rosie.
Next week there’s a session at Chiswick Library with crime writers Asia Mackay and Deborah O’Connor on Monday 16 September. The final event of this year’s festival How West London Rocked the World is on Wednesday 18 September at 7.00pm at Gunnersbury Park Museum.
Browse the Chiswick Book Festival website for details of these and many more events.