Chiswick Book Festival Highlights Local Authors

New names being added include well-known local residents

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Authors and broadcasters who live in Chiswick will be out in force at this week’s Chiswick Book Festival, which runs from September 11th to 15th.

New names announced include Sky News diplomatic editor Tim Marshall, food writer and broadcaster Lucy McDonald, crime novelist Colette McBeth and arts strategist and broadcaster Susannah Simons.

Peter Oborne

Tim Marshall will introduce the political commentator Peter Oborne – another Chiswick resident - who will speak about Wounded Tiger, a history of cricket in Pakistan. Tim will also sign copies of his own book about football chants, Dirty Rotten Bastards.

Lucy McDonald, (above)who presents Crumbs TV on YouTube with her sister Claire, will be signing copies of The Crumbs Family Cookbook, to be published later this month. They also wrote the Mumsnet cookbook, Top Bananas.

Colette McBeth

Former BBC reporter Colette McBeth won acclaim for her first novel, Precious Things, which came out in paperback this year. She’ll be signing copies at the Local Authors session, alongside the Festival Drinks Reception at 6pm on Saturday September 13th 2014.

Susannah Simons, who was a presenter for BBC Radio 4, Channel 4 and Classic FM before becoming a BBC arts executive, will interview Katie Waldegrave, the founder of First Story, the creative writing charity, and author of The Poets’ Daughters: Dora Wordsworth and Sara Coleridge.

Other local authors and photographers announced today, who will be selling and signing books in the Marquee at the Festival include: the Guardian’s Alan Connor, whose history of crosswords Two Girls, One on Each Knee, is just out in paperback; Andrew Wilson, the photographer behind the Wild About… Chiswick series; Peter Gorle, who edited his father’s memoirs The Quiet Gunner At War; Sara Tozer, author of MI29, Mouseweb International to the Rescue; and Lotte Moore, whose latest children’s book is Hurry Up!.

Events take place in St Michaels and All Angels, Chiswick House, Chiswick Library, the Tabard Theatre, Syon House and Arts Educational School.

September 5, 2014