Life in Books: Will Iredale

Life in Books Will Iredale2Each week between now and the start of the 2015 Henley Literary Festival, a handpicked selection of our top authors reveal their #lifeinbooks.

Joining us for week two is master journalist Will Iredale, who joins us at 4.30pm on Thursday 1st October with The Kamikaze Hunters – the true story of Allied fighters in World War II who came face-to-face with the Japanese kamikaze – alongside 93 year-old Keith Quilter, an heroic survivor who’s with us to tell the tale.

For a rare chance to hear first-hand what it felt like, pick up tickets to see Will Iredale and Keith Quilter at the Henley Literary Festival here.


You’re appearing at the Henley Literary Festival for the first time in 2015 – who or what are you most looking forward to seeing while you’re in town?
Some of the other speakers, including Max Hastings and Polly Vernon, and having a pint in the Argyll, my old hunting ground.

Which three authors (dead or alive) would appear on your dream literary festival line-up?
Laurie Lee, Ian Fleming and Patrick Bishop.

Authors are often asked to give advice to young writers – what do you wish you’d known when you were starting out?

For non-fiction books like mine, don’t get too hung up on spelling, grammar or sentence structure — at least not to start with. It’s the originality of the subject matter and the quality of the research that counts. Get the facts right but also focus on the colour and personal stories.

Tell us your best books of 2015

The Churchill Factor by Boris Johnson and The Ugly Game: The Qatari Plot to Buy the World Cup by Heidi Blake & Jonathan Calvert.

What would be the title of your life story? Who would play you in the film adaptation of your life story?
I’d rather The Kamikaze Hunters was adapted into a film…it’s far more interesting than my life story!

What’s your top literary festival tip?
Get a good book and wander down to Angel on the Bridge for an afternoon.

If you were stranded on a beach with a single book, what would it be? Desert Island Discs rules apply (The Bible and the Complete Works of Shakespeare are already miraculously at hand)…

Floyd on Fish.

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