Two high-profile former MPs – who both served as Home Secretary for their respective parties – will both speak at the festival, which is supported by Baillie Gifford. Lord Baker, who also had spells as Conservative Party Chair and Education Secretary, will look at The Seven Deadly Sins, while Alan Johnson, whose previous appearances at Henley both sold out, returns with In My Life, looking at the role music has played in his life.
International bestseller and founder of the Women’s Prize for Fiction Kate Mosse – best known for Labyrinth – comes to the festival for the first time with latest novel The Burning Chambers. Also making his HLF debut is novelist and screenwriter Anthony Horowitz with a special evening event around his official James Bond prequel Forever and a Day and a school event with the latest instalment of his very popular Alex Rider series. Another coup for the schools’s programme, where events often sell out quickly, is American writer Francesca Simon, creator of the multimedia Horrid Henry franchise, who will appear with her latest book Hack and Whack alongside illustrator Charlotte Cotterill.
Writer and political adviser Ed Husain will discuss his much-anticipated The House of Islam while comedian Robin Ince returns to the festival with his new book I’m A Joke & So Are You. New additions to the children’s programme include Michelle Robinson with a Ten Fat Sausages event for pre-schoolers and 1,000 Year Old Boy author Ross Welford.
The Festival runs from 29 September – 7 October 2018. Tickets go on sale in July.