Fifth Chiswick Book Festival Starts Today

Successful talk at pre-Festival event by Lucy Worsley

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Lucy Worsley – chief curator at Historic Royal Palaces – drew an enthusiastic response at the traditional eve-of-Festival event at Chiswick House yesterday (Sept 12).

Over two dozen writers will speak and sign books at the fifth Chiswick Book Festival which starts today. The full weekend schedule can be found on

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Lucy Worsley speaking at Chiswick House

"Gripping" and "a fascinating take on the British 'love' of murder" were some of the comments on Twitter following Lucy's talk. She was exploring the nation's fascination with murder as entertainment, which is discussed in her book, A Very British Murder, the accompaniment to the new BBC TV series.

The Festival says it is delighted to have been recommended by Time Out Books section : and by Urban Explorer as

No 2 in its Top Ten Family events this weekend.

Throughout the weekend, Waterstones Chiswick will be on site selling copies of books by all the authors.

More than two dozen writers will speak and sign books over the weekend of September 12th to 15 th.

As well as spies, there are sessions on history (Sir Max Hastings, George Goodwin), cookery (Lindsey Bareham, Jo Pratt), crime (Lucy Worsley, Lindsey Davis, Hilary Bonner), real life stories (Rula Lenska, James Bowen and Street Cat Bob), modern romantic fiction (Lesley Pearse, Dorothy Koomson), Jane Austen (Jo Baker, Emily Brand), sport (Simon Hughes, Oli Broom), diplomacy (Lord Hannay of Chiswick), politics and society (David Boyle, Harriet Sergeant, Stephanie Flanders), travel (Polly Coles, Celia Brayfield, Kate Pullinger), Bedford Park (Bryan Appleyard, Peter York) and many others.

There’s an ebook workshop explaining the mysteries of digital publishing as well as the Festival’s annual ‘getting published’ session chaired by writer and lecturer Celia Brayfield. Three recently published novelists – Colette McBeth, Liesel Schwarz and Sally O’Reilly - will be sharing their secrets. And a Children’s Festival on the Saturday morning.

The Festival is a non-profit-making community event, based at St Michael & All Angels Church & Parish Hall, near Turnham Green tube station. St Michael’s organises the Festival, which has raised thousands of pounds over the past four years for three charities that support reading, literacy and the arts. Other events take place at the Tabard Theatre, Chiswick Library and Chiswick House.

September 13, 2013