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SEBASTIAN FAULKS£20/£30

Includes a copy of Paris Echo (RRP £20)
1 ticket, 1 book: £20  ·  2 tickets, 1 book: £30

One of our greatest novelists makes his second visit to Henley following a 2016 sell-out in the month of the publication of his latest novel, Paris Echo. Told through the lives of two very different people – Hannah an American researcher and Tariq a Moroccan teenager from the migrant suburbs – it shows Paris in a new light. Come and hear a master wordsmith, creator of Charlotte Gray, Birdsong and more, talk about his art.

Sponsored by HW Fisher

Saturday September 29 - 03:00 pm
CHRIST CHURCH

MICHAEL MORPURGO: MAGICAL MYTHS AND LEGENDS£12/18

Adult £12 / Child £18 
Child tickets include a copy of Magical Myths and Legends (RRP £14.99)

War Horse author and former Children’s Laureate, Michael returns after his schools event in 2015 (the fastest-selling in our history) in the week that Magical Myths and Legends, featuring his retelling of Gawain and the Green Knight, is published. A chance to hear one of Britain’s best-loved authors read and answer your questions as he reflects on an amazing career that includes Toto (his Wizard of Oz retelling), I Believe in Unicorns and The Butterfly Lion.

1 hour   ·   Ages 1-100! 

In memory of Caroline Blagg
Sponsored by The Head Partnership Solicitors

Saturday September 29 - 05:00 pm
CHRIST CHURCH

IRVINE WELSH: TRAINSPOTTING RETURNS£9

They’re back! The disparate, dysfunctional group that made Trainspotting such an iconic book and film. Their creator Irvine Welsh returns to Henley to tell what Renton, Begbie, Sick Boy and Spud are up to in his new novel Dead Men’s Trousers. It is a novel as anarchic as the original with the quartet lurching from crisis to crisis in a humorous yet moving sequel. Irvine is an entertaining speaker not to be missed.

Sponsored by The Head Partnership Solicitors

Saturday September 29 - 05:00 pm
FESTIVAL HUB

DEBUTS ON THE THAMES£10

A chance to hear two acclaimed debut novelists as the Hibernia makes it way down the Thames. Ian McEwan described Sharlene Teo’s manuscript as “a remarkable first novel in the making” when presenting her with the Deborah Rogers Award for first-time writers. Now Ponti, set in her native Singapore, is finished and one of the most talked-about novels of 2018. And Reading-based Jenny Quintana, a former teacher and graduate of the Curtis Brown writing course, has received rave reviews for her debut thriller The Missing Girl.

Sunday September 30 - 04:00 pm
THE HIBERNIA

JOHN SIMPSON£12.50

We are used to hearing the BBC world affairs editor bringing us the facts from around the globe. But now John – who over the last 52 years has covered events from Tiananmen Square and the Gulf War to Kosovo, Afghanistan and Zimbabwe – turns novelist with a political thriller Moscow, Midnight, focusing on journalist Jon Swift and an international conspiracy that stretches all the way to the Kremlin. What inspired him? Find out from the man himself.

Sunday September 30 - 04:00 pm
KENTON THEATRE

DIANE SETTERFIELD: ONCE UPON A RIVER£10

Now here is a unique festival event. Come and hear Diane in conversation with Hannah Beckerman about her eagerly awaited new novel – three months before it is published in January 2019. With theTV rights already snapped up, take home a free proof copy of Once Upon a River – the atmospheric mystery set in an ancient inn on the very Thames on which this event takes place. Diane’s first novel was the bestseller The Thirteenth Tale. Be among the first to hear about (and read) her next.

Monday October 01 - 10:30 am
THE HIBERNIA

JANE HAWKING: FROM FACT TO FILM TO FICTION£12.50

Jane wrote the memorable Travelling to Infinity about her 30-year marriage to Stephen Hawking, which later became the award-winning film The Theory of Everything. She is a talented author, whose latest novel Cry to Dream Again is set in Second World War London. An opportunity to hear Jane talk about her writing, her life and seeing it all played out on screen.

Sponsored by Freeths LLP

Monday October 01 - 12:30 pm
KENTON THEATRE

AJ PEARCE & ANNE YOUNGSON: WRITING LETTERS£7

Two writers who produced debut novels later in life – Anne aged 70 and AJ 54 – to great acclaim and sales. At the heart of these novels are letters. In AJ’s Dear Mrs Bird, Emmeline dreams of becoming a war correspondent but finds herself working for agony aunt. In Anne’s Meet Me at the Museum, Tina writes a letter of regret to a man she has never met, not expecting a reply. When a lonely museum curator answers it, nor does he.  An unexpected friendship begins.

Sponsored by HW Fisher

Monday October 01 - 02:30 pm
FESTIVAL HUB

LOUIS DE BERNIÈRES£12.50

One of our finest storytellers recounts what inspired his latest novel, So Much Life Left Over. Louis’ great novel Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, published 25 years ago, was set in the Greek islands; his latest transports us to Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) as married couple Rosie and Daniel attempt to start a new life and put the trauma for the First World War behind them. Come along to hear from a writer who researches his settings meticulously, and discover how the Indian sub-continent inspired him.

Monday October 01 - 04:30 pm
KENTON THEATRE

CRIME & WINE£9

Enjoy a free glass of wine from Laithwaite’s as three top writers return with their latest books. Vera Morris takes us to Suffolk in The Temptation, where the newly formed Anglian Detective Agency investigate the disappearance of a young boy. Vaseem Khan’s Murder at the Grand Raj Palace takes us to Mumbai, where the Koh-i-Noor diamond is stolen from an exhibition. And Jessica Fellowes brings Bright Young Dead, the second in her Mitford Murders series set among the rabble-rousing hedonists of the ‘20s.

Each ticket includes a free glass of wine

Sponsored by Laithwaite’s Wine

Monday October 01 - 06:30 pm
FESTIVAL HUB

BOOK OFF!£7

A Festival first as we host this event as a live podcast recording. Book Off! was launched last summer by Radio 2 producer Joe Haddow, with each episode calling two guests (so far including Paula Hawkins and Tracy Chevalier) to ‘pitch’ a book they love and feel everyone should read. For this special version of the show, Joe will be joined by two of the most engaging writers out there: Sunday Times bestsellers Adele Parks with I Invited Her In and Tasmina Perry (writing as JL Butler) with Mine.

Monday October 01 - 08:30 pm
TOWN HALL

KATE MOSSE£12.50

Straight from a bestseller list near you comes the talented Kate in conversation with former Society of Authors chair, Daniel Hahn. Kate’s novels Labyrinth and The Taxidermist’s Daughter gained her international fame, with over five million books sold in 38 languages. She joins us now with The Burning Chambers, the first in a new series of historical novels spanning three hundred years of Huguenot history (and another chart-topper). Here is your chance to meet a remarkable writer who also co-founded the Women’s Prize for Fiction, the world’s largest annual celebration of women’s writing.

Sponsored by The Head Partnership Solicitors

Tuesday October 02 - 06:30 pm
KENTON THEATRE

LUCY MANGAN£10

As a feature writer and TV critic for the Guardian, columnist for Stylist magazine and author of The Reluctant Bride and My Family & Other Disasters, Lucy is one of our most entertaining writers. In Bookworm she turns her attention to reading – and those books and stories from childhood that stay with us forever – exploring from Narnia to Wonderland via the works of Enid Blyton, Judy Blume and many more. Former Children’s Laureate Jacqueline Wilson called Lucy’s book “Passionate, witty, informed, and gloriously opinionated” – join us to discover for yourself.

Tuesday October 02 - 08:30 pm
KENTON THEATRE

DAZZLING DEBUTS: JUSTIN MYERS & AUGUST THOMAS£7

Two very bright young writers, one from America and the other from Yorkshire, with rapturously received debut novels. August has penned highly praised, fast-moving thriller Liar’s Candle, set in Turkey after a devastating terrorist attack on the US Embassy. Justin (a.k.a. GQ columnist & blogger The Guyliner) has won acclaim for The Last Romeo, which follows James after the end of his six-year relationship as he throws himself into online dating – blogging each encounter anonymously as the mysterious Romeo in a funny and cringingly candid tale.

Wednesday October 03 - 12:30 pm
TOWN HALL

TERESA SOLANA & PETER BUSH: FOUND IN TRANSLATION£7

Under-represented for many years, translated fiction is enjoying a renaissance, featuring prominently in bookshop displays, awards shortlists and best books lists. Award-winning Catalan novelist Teresa – one of Spain’s best-known crime writers – is joined by her husband and translator Peter, and chair Daniel Hahn (whose own translation career ranges from children’s books and Booker nominees to Pele’s autobiography) to discuss Teresa’s ingenious and witty new book The First Prehistoric Serial Killer & Other Stories and the art of translating stories.

Wednesday October 03 - 02:30 pm
FESTIVAL HUB

FABER PROOF PARTY£9

Each ticket includes three books

After last year’s sell-out event, we are delighted to welcome back the prestigious publisher Faber & Faber and the authors of three of 2019’s most-anticipated debut novels: Claire Adam’s Trinidad-set Golden Child; psychologist Bev Thomas’s thriller A Good Enough Mother; and ITV journalist Claire McGlasson’s period novel The Rapture. Not only will you be the first to hear about these exciting new books – you’ll take home a proof copy of each.

Sponsored by HW Fisher

Wednesday October 03 - 04:30 pm
FESTIVAL HUB

ANTHONY HOROWITZ: BOND AND BEYOND£12.50

Ian Fleming spent time living at Nettlebed so it is fitting that Anthony – a bestselling novelist in his own right whose screen credits include Stormbreaker, Midsomer Murders and Foyles War – comes to Henley to discuss his latest James Bond book. He was commissioned by the Fleming estate to write Trigger Mortis in 2015 and now returns to the series with Forever and a Day, a prequel to Casino Royale. A fascinating insight into a top writer’s career and what it’s like taking on the role of the legendary Fleming.

Sponsored by Porsche Centre Reading

Wednesday October 03 - 06:30 pm
KENTON THEATRE

THE LONDON LIBRARY: A PLACE OF INSPIRATION£9

The London Library is home to one million books and thousands of writers, readers, thinkers and creatives. Since its foundation, it has been associated with many of the most prominent writers and thinkers of the day – from Dickens, Darwin and Woolf to Simon Schama, Stephen Fry and Kazuo Ishiguro.  Here, Sara Wheeler chairs a panel of well-known authors (who’ll be announced online) as they discuss their writing lives at the Library, how they approach their work and what impact it has had on their work and life.

Wednesday October 03 - 06:30 pm
FESTIVAL HUB

FREDERICK FORSYTH£12.50

Having sold over 75 million books globally, Frederick makes his Henley debut aged 80 with The Fox, his first novel in five years (after the idea made him abandon retirement plans). Based on real-life hackers Gary McKinnon and Lauri Love, it focuses on a schoolboy who’s able to penetrate intricate  rewalls to access high-level secrets. A rare chance to hear one of the world’s most popular writers (whose career has included stints as an RAF pilot and journalist), the man behind bestsellers including The Day of the Jackal,The Odessa File and The Fourth Protocol.

Thursday October 04 - 12:00 pm
PHYLLIS COURT CLUB

THE NOVEL FIGHTS BACK£7

Will Self’s pronouncement that “The novel is doomed to become a marginal cultural form” caused controversy. Here, the writers of three acclaimed novels defend the form with Daniel Hahn, former Society of Authors chair. Nikesh Shukla’s The One Who Wrote Destiny tells the story of a young man who moves from sunny Kenya to the drizzly northern town of Keighley; Rachel EdwardsDarling has been described as the first Brexit thriller and tells of the clash between a white teenage girl and her new black stepmother; and in Learning to Die, Thomas Maloney follows five characters as they fall under a mortal shadow. Novels doomed? Hardly.
Sponsored by HW Fisher

Thursday October 04 - 12:30 pm
TOWN HALL

A.N. WILSON AFTERSHOCKS£12.50

The tragedy of the earthquake in Christchurch moved one of the Festival’s favourite speakers to write his latest novel, Aftershocks. Set in Aberdeen, an ordinary town until the earthquake, marriages are unhappy, people fall in love and the seasons pass. Houses are torn down and the foundations of humanity and religion are shaken, but bonds are forged. One of our finest writers offers a portrait of nature, death and morality.

Friday October 05 - 12:30 pm
KENTON THEATRE

BOOK CLUB FRIDAY£9

Cesca Major chairs our popular Book Club Friday event, this time with three slightly darker books – but three very witty and engaging talkers. Delve into Amanda Jenning’s The Cliff House, set in Cornwall in the summer of 1986; Simon Kernick’s Dead Man’s Gift which packs five thrillers into one; and police-officer-turned-Sunday-Times-bestseller Claire MacKintosh’s latest psychological thriller, Let Me LieDrama and fun in equal measure.

Friday October 05 - 06:30 pm
TOWN HALL

REBECCA FRONT: IMPOSSIBLE THINGS BEFORE BREAKFAST£12.50

If you don’t know her face, don’t recognise her voice, where have you been?
The multi-talented Rebecca comes to the country’s fourth-oldest working theatre to talk about her career and Impossible Things Before Breakfast, her new collection of humorous true stories. A hugely talented actor, Rebecca found fame in comedy in The Day Today and Alan Partridge and is a familiar face on TV for The Thick of It and Lewis fans. She is also a Radio 4 regular and a Guardian columnist.

Sponsored by Mr Hobbs Gin

Saturday October 06 - 01:00 pm
KENTON THEATRE

JUDITH KERR£6/£12.50

Adult £12.50 incl. book, Child £6
Adult tickets include a copy of Mummy Time (RRP £12.99)

Having just turned 95, one of the best loved children’s writers of all time returns to Henley for an all-ages event that will see her in conversation with editor Ian Craig looking back on a unique life and career including The Tiger Who Came To Tea (which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year), 18 best-selling Mog books and the autobiographical When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, as well as her latest, Mummy Time, the enchanting and funny tale of a small child’s adventures while his mother is distracted by her smartphone.

Sponsored by St Helen and St Katharine

Saturday October 06 - 03:00 pm
PHYLLIS COURT CLUB

MUDDY STILETTOS LITERARY SALON£10

The award-winning digital lifestyle site Muddy Stilettos is proud to bring its ‘Girls Night Out’ Literary Salon to the Henley Literary Festival for the first time. Hosts Hero Brown, Muddy Stilettos founder and former editor of the Independent on Sunday Magazine, and Kerry Potter, the site’s associate editor and former Glamour literary editor, are joined by an incredible line-up: award-winning comedian and author of The Anna Karenina Fix Viv Groskop; Cosmopolitan editor and author of The Discomfort Zone: How To Get What You Want By Living Fearlessly Farrah Storr; and Pool columnist Caroline O’ Donoghue, whose Promising Young Women is one of the most acclaimed debut novels of 2018.

Saturday October 06 - 07:00 pm
PHYLLIS COURT CLUB

A COUNTRY TO CALL HOME£7

Unbound’s crowd-sourcing model has been a publishing phenomenon in recent years, while the issues of immigration and refugees, particularly relating to children, has never been far from the headlines. This event will look at both issues as Lucy Popescu – the force behind this anthology of stories, poetry and art on the topic from the likes of Judith Kerr and Chris Riddell – is joined by Guantanamo Boy author Anna Perera, who volunteers at a refugee centre.

Sunday October 07 - 01:00 pm
FESTIVAL HUB

HOW TO WRITE A BOOK IN AN HOUR£9

Have you got a story to tell? Join Booker-nominated author Edward Docx for 10 for an informal workshop for an hour of insight, advice, encouragement and practical tips on how to turn your thoughts into a professional storyline. In addition to his four novels – including the award-winning Self Help and his latest, the moving and funny Let Go My Hand – Edward teaches the Guardian Masterclass for Fiction, hosts Arvon residential courses and reviews fiction for the Guardian too.

Sunday October 07 - 03:00 pm
FESTIVAL HUB

DRAGONFLY TEA CHILDREN’S STORY COMPETITION£FREE

Join us for a special ceremony celebrating the nominees and winners of this year’s writing competition, in partnership with Dragonfly Tea and literacy charity Beanstalk. This year’s theme is The Wild Garden and children aged 5-15 can enter via at Dragonfly Tea’s website until midnight on 31 July – see page 74 of this programme for more. Judging the best of the bunch are Baroness Floella Benjamin and Hugless Douglas creator David Melling, with book vouchers for the winners (and their schools too) up for grabs.

This event is FREE but booking is required to reserve a space

Sunday October 07 - 03:00 pm
TOWN HALL

DIALOGUE BOOKS PANEL£7

With all we hear about the woes of traditional publishing, who would set up a brand-new imprint in this day and age? Well, Sharmaine Lovegrove did it last year, giving up her role as Elle literary editor to set up Little, Brown’s Dialogue Books with a key dedication to inclusivity. She’s joined by three of her authors: Amer Anwar with his award-winning debut thriller Brothers in Blood; Angela Chadwick, whose novel called XX sees a medical breakthrough that allows two women to choose to have a female baby; and blogger-turned-novelist Lucy Ayrton with One More Chance. Meet three exciting new writers and hear what it takes to be a publisher in 2018.

Sunday October 07 - 05:00 pm
FESTIVAL HUB

Jodi Picoult£18

£18 including a hardback copy of A Spark of Light

In a special post-Festival event, one of the world’s most popular writers – with over 25 million books sold across 35 countries – comes to the luxurious setting of Hurley House as part of a whistlestop UK tour.

Boasting the rare feat of her last eight novels debuting at number one in the New York Times bestseller list, US-based Jodi is a publishing phenomena and joins us in the week her latest book A Spark of Light is published. A powerful and provocative new novel about ordinary lives intersecting during a moment of heart-stopping crisis, with a timely take on women’s rights, each ticket includes a copy of the book (RRP £16.99).

Jodi will discuss the new book and her successful career which – in addition to her bestselling novels like My Sister’s Keeper, Nineteen Minutes and Small Great Things – has included writing Wonder Woman for DC Comics, two YA novels with her daughter and seen her books adapted for film, TV and the stage.

 

Sunday October 28 - 11:00 am
Hurley House Hotel

MICHAEL MORPURGO: MAGICAL MYTHS AND LEGENDS£12/18

Adult £12 / Child £18 
Child tickets include a copy of Magical Myths and Legends (RRP £14.99)

War Horse author and former Children’s Laureate, Michael returns after his schools event in 2015 (the fastest-selling in our history) in the week that Magical Myths and Legends, featuring his retelling of Gawain and the Green Knight, is published. A chance to hear one of Britain’s best-loved authors read and answer your questions as he reflects on an amazing career that includes Toto (his Wizard of Oz retelling), I Believe in Unicorns and The Butterfly Lion.

1 hour   ·   Ages 1-100! 

In memory of Caroline Blagg
Sponsored by The Head Partnership Solicitors

Saturday September 29 - 09/29/2018 05:00 pm
CHRIST CHURCH

SEBASTIAN FAULKS£20/£30

Includes a copy of Paris Echo (RRP £20)
1 ticket, 1 book: £20  ·  2 tickets, 1 book: £30

One of our greatest novelists makes his second visit to Henley following a 2016 sell-out in the month of the publication of his latest novel, Paris Echo. Told through the lives of two very different people – Hannah an American researcher and Tariq a Moroccan teenager from the migrant suburbs – it shows Paris in a new light. Come and hear a master wordsmith, creator of Charlotte Gray, Birdsong and more, talk about his art.

Sponsored by HW Fisher

Saturday September 29 - 09/29/2018 03:00 pm
CHRIST CHURCH

IRVINE WELSH: TRAINSPOTTING RETURNS£9

They’re back! The disparate, dysfunctional group that made Trainspotting such an iconic book and film. Their creator Irvine Welsh returns to Henley to tell what Renton, Begbie, Sick Boy and Spud are up to in his new novel Dead Men’s Trousers. It is a novel as anarchic as the original with the quartet lurching from crisis to crisis in a humorous yet moving sequel. Irvine is an entertaining speaker not to be missed.

Sponsored by The Head Partnership Solicitors

Saturday September 29 - 09/29/2018 05:00 pm
FESTIVAL HUB

AJ PEARCE & ANNE YOUNGSON: WRITING LETTERS£7

Two writers who produced debut novels later in life – Anne aged 70 and AJ 54 – to great acclaim and sales. At the heart of these novels are letters. In AJ’s Dear Mrs Bird, Emmeline dreams of becoming a war correspondent but finds herself working for agony aunt. In Anne’s Meet Me at the Museum, Tina writes a letter of regret to a man she has never met, not expecting a reply. When a lonely museum curator answers it, nor does he.  An unexpected friendship begins.

Sponsored by HW Fisher

Monday October 01 - 10/01/2018 02:30 pm
FESTIVAL HUB

CRIME & WINE£9

Enjoy a free glass of wine from Laithwaite’s as three top writers return with their latest books. Vera Morris takes us to Suffolk in The Temptation, where the newly formed Anglian Detective Agency investigate the disappearance of a young boy. Vaseem Khan’s Murder at the Grand Raj Palace takes us to Mumbai, where the Koh-i-Noor diamond is stolen from an exhibition. And Jessica Fellowes brings Bright Young Dead, the second in her Mitford Murders series set among the rabble-rousing hedonists of the ‘20s.

Each ticket includes a free glass of wine

Sponsored by Laithwaite’s Wine

Monday October 01 - 10/01/2018 06:30 pm
FESTIVAL HUB

TERESA SOLANA & PETER BUSH: FOUND IN TRANSLATION£7

Under-represented for many years, translated fiction is enjoying a renaissance, featuring prominently in bookshop displays, awards shortlists and best books lists. Award-winning Catalan novelist Teresa – one of Spain’s best-known crime writers – is joined by her husband and translator Peter, and chair Daniel Hahn (whose own translation career ranges from children’s books and Booker nominees to Pele’s autobiography) to discuss Teresa’s ingenious and witty new book The First Prehistoric Serial Killer & Other Stories and the art of translating stories.

Wednesday October 03 - 10/03/2018 02:30 pm
FESTIVAL HUB

FABER PROOF PARTY£9

Each ticket includes three books

After last year’s sell-out event, we are delighted to welcome back the prestigious publisher Faber & Faber and the authors of three of 2019’s most-anticipated debut novels: Claire Adam’s Trinidad-set Golden Child; psychologist Bev Thomas’s thriller A Good Enough Mother; and ITV journalist Claire McGlasson’s period novel The Rapture. Not only will you be the first to hear about these exciting new books – you’ll take home a proof copy of each.

Sponsored by HW Fisher

Wednesday October 03 - 10/03/2018 04:30 pm
FESTIVAL HUB

HOW TO WRITE A BOOK IN AN HOUR£9

Have you got a story to tell? Join Booker-nominated author Edward Docx for 10 for an informal workshop for an hour of insight, advice, encouragement and practical tips on how to turn your thoughts into a professional storyline. In addition to his four novels – including the award-winning Self Help and his latest, the moving and funny Let Go My Hand – Edward teaches the Guardian Masterclass for Fiction, hosts Arvon residential courses and reviews fiction for the Guardian too.

Sunday October 07 - 10/07/2018 03:00 pm
FESTIVAL HUB

DIALOGUE BOOKS PANEL£7

With all we hear about the woes of traditional publishing, who would set up a brand-new imprint in this day and age? Well, Sharmaine Lovegrove did it last year, giving up her role as Elle literary editor to set up Little, Brown’s Dialogue Books with a key dedication to inclusivity. She’s joined by three of her authors: Amer Anwar with his award-winning debut thriller Brothers in Blood; Angela Chadwick, whose novel called XX sees a medical breakthrough that allows two women to choose to have a female baby; and blogger-turned-novelist Lucy Ayrton with One More Chance. Meet three exciting new writers and hear what it takes to be a publisher in 2018.

Sunday October 07 - 10/07/2018 05:00 pm
FESTIVAL HUB

A COUNTRY TO CALL HOME£7

Unbound’s crowd-sourcing model has been a publishing phenomenon in recent years, while the issues of immigration and refugees, particularly relating to children, has never been far from the headlines. This event will look at both issues as Lucy Popescu – the force behind this anthology of stories, poetry and art on the topic from the likes of Judith Kerr and Chris Riddell – is joined by Guantanamo Boy author Anna Perera, who volunteers at a refugee centre.

Sunday October 07 - 10/07/2018 01:00 pm
FESTIVAL HUB

THE LONDON LIBRARY: A PLACE OF INSPIRATION£9

The London Library is home to one million books and thousands of writers, readers, thinkers and creatives. Since its foundation, it has been associated with many of the most prominent writers and thinkers of the day – from Dickens, Darwin and Woolf to Simon Schama, Stephen Fry and Kazuo Ishiguro.  Here, Sara Wheeler chairs a panel of well-known authors (who’ll be announced online) as they discuss their writing lives at the Library, how they approach their work and what impact it has had on their work and life.

Wednesday October 03 - 10/03/2018 06:30 pm
FESTIVAL HUB

Jodi Picoult£18

£18 including a hardback copy of A Spark of Light

In a special post-Festival event, one of the world’s most popular writers – with over 25 million books sold across 35 countries – comes to the luxurious setting of Hurley House as part of a whistlestop UK tour.

Boasting the rare feat of her last eight novels debuting at number one in the New York Times bestseller list, US-based Jodi is a publishing phenomena and joins us in the week her latest book A Spark of Light is published. A powerful and provocative new novel about ordinary lives intersecting during a moment of heart-stopping crisis, with a timely take on women’s rights, each ticket includes a copy of the book (RRP £16.99).

Jodi will discuss the new book and her successful career which – in addition to her bestselling novels like My Sister’s Keeper, Nineteen Minutes and Small Great Things – has included writing Wonder Woman for DC Comics, two YA novels with her daughter and seen her books adapted for film, TV and the stage.

 

Sunday October 28 - 10/28/2018 11:00 am
Hurley House Hotel

JOHN SIMPSON£12.50

We are used to hearing the BBC world affairs editor bringing us the facts from around the globe. But now John – who over the last 52 years has covered events from Tiananmen Square and the Gulf War to Kosovo, Afghanistan and Zimbabwe – turns novelist with a political thriller Moscow, Midnight, focusing on journalist Jon Swift and an international conspiracy that stretches all the way to the Kremlin. What inspired him? Find out from the man himself.

Sunday September 30 - 09/30/2018 04:00 pm
KENTON THEATRE

JANE HAWKING: FROM FACT TO FILM TO FICTION£12.50

Jane wrote the memorable Travelling to Infinity about her 30-year marriage to Stephen Hawking, which later became the award-winning film The Theory of Everything. She is a talented author, whose latest novel Cry to Dream Again is set in Second World War London. An opportunity to hear Jane talk about her writing, her life and seeing it all played out on screen.

Sponsored by Freeths LLP

Monday October 01 - 10/01/2018 12:30 pm
KENTON THEATRE

LOUIS DE BERNIÈRES£12.50

One of our finest storytellers recounts what inspired his latest novel, So Much Life Left Over. Louis’ great novel Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, published 25 years ago, was set in the Greek islands; his latest transports us to Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) as married couple Rosie and Daniel attempt to start a new life and put the trauma for the First World War behind them. Come along to hear from a writer who researches his settings meticulously, and discover how the Indian sub-continent inspired him.

Monday October 01 - 10/01/2018 04:30 pm
KENTON THEATRE

KATE MOSSE£12.50

Straight from a bestseller list near you comes the talented Kate in conversation with former Society of Authors chair, Daniel Hahn. Kate’s novels Labyrinth and The Taxidermist’s Daughter gained her international fame, with over five million books sold in 38 languages. She joins us now with The Burning Chambers, the first in a new series of historical novels spanning three hundred years of Huguenot history (and another chart-topper). Here is your chance to meet a remarkable writer who also co-founded the Women’s Prize for Fiction, the world’s largest annual celebration of women’s writing.

Sponsored by The Head Partnership Solicitors

Tuesday October 02 - 10/02/2018 06:30 pm
KENTON THEATRE

LUCY MANGAN£10

As a feature writer and TV critic for the Guardian, columnist for Stylist magazine and author of The Reluctant Bride and My Family & Other Disasters, Lucy is one of our most entertaining writers. In Bookworm she turns her attention to reading – and those books and stories from childhood that stay with us forever – exploring from Narnia to Wonderland via the works of Enid Blyton, Judy Blume and many more. Former Children’s Laureate Jacqueline Wilson called Lucy’s book “Passionate, witty, informed, and gloriously opinionated” – join us to discover for yourself.

Tuesday October 02 - 10/02/2018 08:30 pm
KENTON THEATRE

ANTHONY HOROWITZ: BOND AND BEYOND£12.50

Ian Fleming spent time living at Nettlebed so it is fitting that Anthony – a bestselling novelist in his own right whose screen credits include Stormbreaker, Midsomer Murders and Foyles War – comes to Henley to discuss his latest James Bond book. He was commissioned by the Fleming estate to write Trigger Mortis in 2015 and now returns to the series with Forever and a Day, a prequel to Casino Royale. A fascinating insight into a top writer’s career and what it’s like taking on the role of the legendary Fleming.

Sponsored by Porsche Centre Reading

Wednesday October 03 - 10/03/2018 06:30 pm
KENTON THEATRE

A.N. WILSON AFTERSHOCKS£12.50

The tragedy of the earthquake in Christchurch moved one of the Festival’s favourite speakers to write his latest novel, Aftershocks. Set in Aberdeen, an ordinary town until the earthquake, marriages are unhappy, people fall in love and the seasons pass. Houses are torn down and the foundations of humanity and religion are shaken, but bonds are forged. One of our finest writers offers a portrait of nature, death and morality.

Friday October 05 - 10/05/2018 12:30 pm
KENTON THEATRE

REBECCA FRONT: IMPOSSIBLE THINGS BEFORE BREAKFAST£12.50

If you don’t know her face, don’t recognise her voice, where have you been?
The multi-talented Rebecca comes to the country’s fourth-oldest working theatre to talk about her career and Impossible Things Before Breakfast, her new collection of humorous true stories. A hugely talented actor, Rebecca found fame in comedy in The Day Today and Alan Partridge and is a familiar face on TV for The Thick of It and Lewis fans. She is also a Radio 4 regular and a Guardian columnist.

Sponsored by Mr Hobbs Gin

Saturday October 06 - 10/06/2018 01:00 pm
KENTON THEATRE

FREDERICK FORSYTH£12.50

Having sold over 75 million books globally, Frederick makes his Henley debut aged 80 with The Fox, his first novel in five years (after the idea made him abandon retirement plans). Based on real-life hackers Gary McKinnon and Lauri Love, it focuses on a schoolboy who’s able to penetrate intricate  rewalls to access high-level secrets. A rare chance to hear one of the world’s most popular writers (whose career has included stints as an RAF pilot and journalist), the man behind bestsellers including The Day of the Jackal,The Odessa File and The Fourth Protocol.

Thursday October 04 - 10/04/2018 12:00 pm
PHYLLIS COURT CLUB

JUDITH KERR£6/£12.50

Adult £12.50 incl. book, Child £6
Adult tickets include a copy of Mummy Time (RRP £12.99)

Having just turned 95, one of the best loved children’s writers of all time returns to Henley for an all-ages event that will see her in conversation with editor Ian Craig looking back on a unique life and career including The Tiger Who Came To Tea (which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year), 18 best-selling Mog books and the autobiographical When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, as well as her latest, Mummy Time, the enchanting and funny tale of a small child’s adventures while his mother is distracted by her smartphone.

Sponsored by St Helen and St Katharine

Saturday October 06 - 10/06/2018 03:00 pm
PHYLLIS COURT CLUB

MUDDY STILETTOS LITERARY SALON£10

The award-winning digital lifestyle site Muddy Stilettos is proud to bring its ‘Girls Night Out’ Literary Salon to the Henley Literary Festival for the first time. Hosts Hero Brown, Muddy Stilettos founder and former editor of the Independent on Sunday Magazine, and Kerry Potter, the site’s associate editor and former Glamour literary editor, are joined by an incredible line-up: award-winning comedian and author of The Anna Karenina Fix Viv Groskop; Cosmopolitan editor and author of The Discomfort Zone: How To Get What You Want By Living Fearlessly Farrah Storr; and Pool columnist Caroline O’ Donoghue, whose Promising Young Women is one of the most acclaimed debut novels of 2018.

Saturday October 06 - 10/06/2018 07:00 pm
PHYLLIS COURT CLUB

DEBUTS ON THE THAMES£10

A chance to hear two acclaimed debut novelists as the Hibernia makes it way down the Thames. Ian McEwan described Sharlene Teo’s manuscript as “a remarkable first novel in the making” when presenting her with the Deborah Rogers Award for first-time writers. Now Ponti, set in her native Singapore, is finished and one of the most talked-about novels of 2018. And Reading-based Jenny Quintana, a former teacher and graduate of the Curtis Brown writing course, has received rave reviews for her debut thriller The Missing Girl.

Sunday September 30 - 09/30/2018 04:00 pm
THE HIBERNIA

DIANE SETTERFIELD: ONCE UPON A RIVER£10

Now here is a unique festival event. Come and hear Diane in conversation with Hannah Beckerman about her eagerly awaited new novel – three months before it is published in January 2019. With theTV rights already snapped up, take home a free proof copy of Once Upon a River – the atmospheric mystery set in an ancient inn on the very Thames on which this event takes place. Diane’s first novel was the bestseller The Thirteenth Tale. Be among the first to hear about (and read) her next.

Monday October 01 - 10/01/2018 10:30 am
THE HIBERNIA

BOOK OFF!£7

A Festival first as we host this event as a live podcast recording. Book Off! was launched last summer by Radio 2 producer Joe Haddow, with each episode calling two guests (so far including Paula Hawkins and Tracy Chevalier) to ‘pitch’ a book they love and feel everyone should read. For this special version of the show, Joe will be joined by two of the most engaging writers out there: Sunday Times bestsellers Adele Parks with I Invited Her In and Tasmina Perry (writing as JL Butler) with Mine.

Monday October 01 - 10/01/2018 08:30 pm
TOWN HALL

DAZZLING DEBUTS: JUSTIN MYERS & AUGUST THOMAS£7

Two very bright young writers, one from America and the other from Yorkshire, with rapturously received debut novels. August has penned highly praised, fast-moving thriller Liar’s Candle, set in Turkey after a devastating terrorist attack on the US Embassy. Justin (a.k.a. GQ columnist & blogger The Guyliner) has won acclaim for The Last Romeo, which follows James after the end of his six-year relationship as he throws himself into online dating – blogging each encounter anonymously as the mysterious Romeo in a funny and cringingly candid tale.

Wednesday October 03 - 10/03/2018 12:30 pm
TOWN HALL

THE NOVEL FIGHTS BACK£7

Will Self’s pronouncement that “The novel is doomed to become a marginal cultural form” caused controversy. Here, the writers of three acclaimed novels defend the form with Daniel Hahn, former Society of Authors chair. Nikesh Shukla’s The One Who Wrote Destiny tells the story of a young man who moves from sunny Kenya to the drizzly northern town of Keighley; Rachel EdwardsDarling has been described as the first Brexit thriller and tells of the clash between a white teenage girl and her new black stepmother; and in Learning to Die, Thomas Maloney follows five characters as they fall under a mortal shadow. Novels doomed? Hardly.
Sponsored by HW Fisher

Thursday October 04 - 10/04/2018 12:30 pm
TOWN HALL

BOOK CLUB FRIDAY£9

Cesca Major chairs our popular Book Club Friday event, this time with three slightly darker books – but three very witty and engaging talkers. Delve into Amanda Jenning’s The Cliff House, set in Cornwall in the summer of 1986; Simon Kernick’s Dead Man’s Gift which packs five thrillers into one; and police-officer-turned-Sunday-Times-bestseller Claire MacKintosh’s latest psychological thriller, Let Me LieDrama and fun in equal measure.

Friday October 05 - 10/05/2018 06:30 pm
TOWN HALL

DRAGONFLY TEA CHILDREN’S STORY COMPETITION£FREE

Join us for a special ceremony celebrating the nominees and winners of this year’s writing competition, in partnership with Dragonfly Tea and literacy charity Beanstalk. This year’s theme is The Wild Garden and children aged 5-15 can enter via at Dragonfly Tea’s website until midnight on 31 July – see page 74 of this programme for more. Judging the best of the bunch are Baroness Floella Benjamin and Hugless Douglas creator David Melling, with book vouchers for the winners (and their schools too) up for grabs.

This event is FREE but booking is required to reserve a space

Sunday October 07 - 10/07/2018 03:00 pm
TOWN HALL