Tickets Still Available for Star Attractions at Chiswick Book Festival

Only a small number of shows sold out so far

A Chiswick Book Festival audience in St. Michael and All Angel's Church. Picture: Roger Green

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September 8, 2023

There is still a chance to buy tickets for some of the top names appearing at the 15 th Chiswick Book Festival over the next week with most events taking place this Saturday and Sunday (9 and 10 September).

At the time of writing, although sales were reportedly brisk, only the talks by Clive Myrie on Sunday and Michale Frayn on Saturday were completely sold out.

There are still some places left to hear acclaimed garden writer and broadcaster Alan Titchmarsh discussing his new book Chatsworth: Its Gardens and the People who Made Them with Rosie Fyles, Head of Gardens at Chiswick House & Gardens Trust on Thursday evening (7 September).

On Friday writer and TV producer Daisy Goodwin will chair a session with A.N. Wilson to discuss his new memoir Confessions: A Life of Failed Promises.

Then at the weekend there is a huge variety of events to sample. From the world of entertainment, Who Wants to be a Millionaire? and Tiswas presenter Chris Tarrant talks to journalist and author Caroline Frost about his book It’s Not a Proper Job.

Renowned music writers and broadcasters David Hepworth and Mark Ellen talk about David’s latest book Abbey Road - The World's Most Famous Recording Studio.

Children’s writer, Jacqueline Wilson will present the long-awaited sequel to her book Sleepovers with tickets costing only £5.

Joanna Quinn, author of this week’s Times number one best-selling fiction paperback The Whalebone Theatre, will appear with her agent, editor, and her publicist to lead a workshop session called How Does a Book Get Published.

Broadcasters turned podcasters Jane Garvey and Rory Cellan-Jones (Ruskin Park: Sylvia, Me and the BBC) will discuss The Rise of the Podcast. And Downton Abbey actor Phyllis Logan will be recording one with Janet Ellis for Janet’s hit series Twice Upon a Time.

Award-winning journalist and former BBC Newsnight presenter Gavin Esler, explores the themes of his new book Britain is Better Than This with Julian Worricker.

Two top thriller writers Ava Glass (The Traitor) and Victoria Segal (All the Little Liars) will host session called Writing Suspense: Keep the Pages Turning.

Actor Paul McGann will be reading from The Weimar Years with its author Frank McDonough

Other sessions feature Nadiya Hussain (Nadiya's Simple Spices), Peter Frankopan (The Earth Transformed), Louise Minchin (Fearless - Adventures with Extraordinary Women), Paterson Joseph (The Secret Diaries of Charles Ignatius Sancho), Tim Marshall (The Geopolitics of Space), Shaparak Khorsandi (Scatter Brain), Steve Richards (Turning Points), Greg Mosse (The Coming Darkness) and Jane Wellesley (Blue Eyes and a Wild Spirit: A Life of Dorothy Wellesley).

Torin Douglas, director of the Festival said: “This year we’re delighted to have an exceptionally strong line-up which features a host of best-selling authors. If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, Chiswick is the place to be.”

To book tickets for Chiswick Book Festival events click here. Please let us know if you try to book an event and it is now sold out and we will update this article. Email

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