The Prime Minister joins our line-up

The Prime Minister joins our line-up

David Suchet, Gerald Scarfe, Monty Panesar and George Alagiah also added

We are very excited to announce our amazing festival line-up. Names include Prime Minister Theresa May, Sir Alastair Cook, Kate Atkinson, Jojo Moyes, Paul Merton, Mary Berry, David Suchet, Tim Rice, Pearl Lowe, Bryony Gordon, Gyles Brandreth, Nadiya Hussain, Julian Clary and John Craven

Mrs May is scheduled to appear on 30th September, which is during the Conservative party conference, to talk about the books that have shaped her life. Henley-on-Thames borders her Maidenhead constituency and she can frequently be seen in the town.

Other politicians attending the Festival in the autumn include Jacob Rees-Mogg, Anna Soubry, Chris Mullen and Jack Straw.

Bake Off past and present is represented with Prue Leith, Mary Berry and Nadiya Hussain in the line up.

Regarded as England’s most successful batsman, Sir Alastair makes his Henley debut with an unmissable, no-holds-barred discussion on his cricketing career, life and future plans post retirement. More cricketing talk comes from Monty Panesar, Derek Pringle and Henry Blofeld

David Suchet best known for bringing Poirot so vividly to life comes with his long-awaited autobiography Behind the Lens.

Legendary cartoonist Gerald Scarfe is coming to talk about his career and BBC newsreader George Alagiah, BBC Security Correspondent Frank Gardner, Newsnight’s Kirsty Wark and Countryfile’s John Craven are among the television presenters attending.

There will be a unique chance to hear Me Before You author JoJo Moyes and One Day novelist David Nicholls together talking about their careers and inspiration for their new and much anticipated novels. Other award winning novelists include Kate Atkinson and Robert Harris.

As part of the Festival’s partnership with London Library, President and musical legend Sir Tim Rice will be talking about his life with words and books.

Paul Merton, the man with the fastest comic mind on television, as viewers of Have I Got News For You know. He has compiled a collection of his favourite humour stories in Funny Ha, Ha.

Jacob Rees Mogg will be talking about his book on The Victorians – Twelve Titans who Forged Britain while Sir Michael Parkinson will regale us with tales of his broadcasting career and his friend, the footballing legend George Best.

For younger readers we are joined by Konnie Huq, – Blue Peter’s longest-serving female presenter – with her first children’s book Cookie and the Most Annoying Boy in the World, and we’re delighted to be joined by not one but two former Children’s Laureates, Chris Riddell and Michael Rosen. Comedian Julian Clary will be coming along with his newest book in the series of The Bolds. Helping the children of Henley reduce the plastic plague will be former McFly bassist Dougie Poynter with his new book Plastic Sucks. There is also an event around Elmer’s 30th anniversary and a Harry Potter show.

Tickets go on sale to Friends of the Festival on Tuesday 16 July and then to the general public on  Monday 22 July.

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2019 Confirmed Authors

Hope Adams, Jonathan Aitken, George Alagiah, Malcolm Alexander, Kate Atkinson, Dave Ball, Johnny Ball, Siana Bangura, Shahidha Bari, Fiona Barton, Laura Bates, Hannah Beckerman, Poorna Bell, Mary Berry, Tamsin Blanchard, Henry Blofeld, Steph Booth, Roger Bootle, Tracy Borman, Melvyn Bragg, Gyles Brandreth, Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff, Jack Brown, John Browne, Daisy Buchanan, Katie & Giancarlo Caldesi, Countess Carnarvon, Derek Cattani, Cara Courage, Alastair Cook, Mary Chamberlain, Edd China, Sabrina Cohen-Hatton, Nicholas Coleridge, Sara Collins, Ray Connolly, Paul Conroy, Dr Jon Copley, Matt Coyne, John Crace, Caroline Crampton, John Craven, Abi Daré, Anne de Courcy, Ella Dove, Jeremy Dronfield, Marcus du Sautoy, Travis Elborough, Janet Ellis, Harriet Evans, Penny Farmer, Clarissa Farr, Lisa Faulkner, Rachel Felder, Peter Fiennes, Antonia Fraser, Frank Gardner, Mike Gayle, Amelia  Gentleman, Bryony Gordon, Thomas Grant, Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott, Duncan Hamilton, Robert Hardman, Robert Harris, Charlie Hart, Max Hastings, Nicola Headlam, Simon Heffer, Melissa Hemsley, Mick Herron, Katie Hickman, Lindsey Hilsum, Victoria Hislop, Jonathan Hoban, Rachel Hore, Jessica Huie, Konnie Huq, Hurrah for Gin, Nadiya Hussain, Lotte Jeffs, Amanda Jennings, Lisa Jewell, Dom Joly, Steve Jones, Lesley Kara, Erin Kelly, Emma Kennedy, Simon Kernick, Kurt Kleinmann, Tony Laithwaite, Serena Lake, Prue Leith, Tony Little, David Lough, Pearl Lowe, Andrew Lownie, Beth Lynch, Roy McFarlane, Iain MacGregor, Molly Mahon, Vic Marks, Brian Masters, Theresa May, Donald McRae, Paul Merton, Giles Milton, Sophia Money-Coutts, Jojo Moyes, Muddy Stilettos, Clare Mulley, Chris Mullin, Jenni Murray, Terry Newman, David Nicholls, Judith O’Reilly, Julianne Pachico, Monty Panesar, Michael Parkinson, Anna Pasternak, Ingrid Persaud, Jason Plato, Dougie Poynter, Lara Prescott, Derek Pringle, Sonia Purnell, Monisha Rajesh, Jacob Rees-Mogg, Rachel Reeves, John Rendall, Tim Rice, Chris Riddell, David Robson, Catherine Rogers, Richard Roper, Michael Rosen, James Runcie, Chris Ryan, Brough Scott, Gerald Scarfe, Elif Shafak, Dr Richard Shepherd, Martin Sixsmith, Caroline Slocock, Olly Smith, Anna Soubry, Peter Stanford, Dame Stephanie Shirley, Jack Straw, Geoffrey Streatfield, Joa Studholme, David Suchet, Julie Summers, Zeba Talkhani, D.J. Taylor, Laura Thomas, The Unmumsy Mum, Terry Waite, Kirsty Wark, Alison Weir, Stephen Westaby, David Whitehouse, Kate Williams and Stephanie Wrobel.

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