What is it?



There are two Chorleywood Literary Festivals: in November we welcome a fantastic array of authors aimed mainly at the adults and then in March there's the Children's Literary Festival for our younger readers. If you're looking for the latter, the 'Little LitFest', you'll find our programme of events here and details of our writing competitions here.

Take a look at some of the fantastic authors who've joined us at previous events here at Chorleywood.

For all our events, places are limited and once they're gone, they're gone. To make sure you have the best chance to get tickets when the line-up is announced and tickets go on sale, you can sign up to receive an email alert. (We promise never to give or sell your email address and to use it only to keep you informed about our LitFest). SIGN UP TO RECEIVE THE NEWS HERE

The festival's bookshop is run by Chorleywood's own independent bookshop , winner of Vintage's Independent Bookshop of the Year.

We look forward to seeing you at one - or both - of the Chorleywood Literary Festivals 2014!
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DAVID SUCHET

POIROT AND ME

One of Britain’s best loved actors playing one of Britain’s best loved detectives - a wonderful combination. David Suchet has played Hercule Poirot who, with his fastidious ways and his distinctive moustache, is one of Agatha Christies’s finest creations.

His memoir, Poirot and Me, offers us an insight into the world of the ‘little Belgian’ whom he has played for more than 20 years. He shares memories of the making of the iconic television series as well as what the character means to him.
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BILL BRYSON

ONE SUMMER, AMERICA 1927

Britain’s favourite writer of narrative non-fiction, Bill Bryson, travels back in time to a forgotten summer when America came of age, took centre stage and in five eventful months changed the world for ever.

Brawling adventure, reckless optimism and delirious energy, trademarks of Bill Bryson, are all delivered with wit and authority. This should be a hugely entertaining evening.
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SIR RANULPH FIENNES is described in the Guinness Book of Records as "the world's greatest living explorer". Since those words were written in 1984 he has broken many more world records and led many more expeditions to remote regions. At the age of 67 he is currently planning his next.
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HOWARD JACOBSON, the celebrated comic novelist and broadcaster, won the Man Booker Prize for The Finkler Question, his 10th novel.

He has been described as 'the British Philip Roth' and 'our funniest living writer'.
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DAME JENNI MURRAY has become synonymous with the BBC Radio 4 show 'Woman's Hour' which she has presented since 1987.


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SIR MAX HASTINGS, past editor of the Daily Telegraph and of the Evening Standard and one of the UK's finest historians, a prize winning journalist, news editor and author of over twenty books on military history.
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BARONESS SHIRLEY WILLIAMS Former Labour MP and cabinet minister, founder of the SDP and past Leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords and the most frequent panellist on BBC's Question Time.
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PETER SNOW, the journalist & TV presenter.

Following the success of his books and TV series 'Battlefield Britain' and '20th Century Battles' Peter used eyewitness accounts, letters and memoirs of soldiers who fought with Wellington to bring alive the horrors, the courage, the ambitions and the jealousies which fought Napoleon.
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LADY FIONA CARNARVON of Highclere Castle, the setting of the hit series 'Downton Abbey'.

Since living there she has become fascinated by Lady Almina the 5th Countess of Carnarvon and how she was forced to draw on her deepest reserves of courage in order to ensure her family, the staff and the castle survived.
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BEN MACINTYRE, author of Agent ZigZag which was shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award.

In this thrilling true story he introduces an irresistible cast of characters and tells, in his compelling style, of the greatest and most successful wartime deception ever attempted. A spy story so fanciful and improbable that Ian Fleming would not have dared to invent it.
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KATE ATKINSON MBE winner of the Whitbread Book of the Year, Saltire Book of the Year, Prix Westminster and the 'Richard & Judy Best Read of the Year'

'Started Early Took My Dog' is her 3rd novel to feature Jackson Brodie, a former police inspector turned private investigator.
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CAROL ANN DUFFY, Poet Laureate

Following in the footsteps of John Betjeman and William Wordsworth, our first lady Poet Laureate nonetheless wears her brilliance and success lightly. Her work is funny, warm and thought provoking, delighting her audience with quirky versions of familiar stories.
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GERVASE PHINN, an ex-Schools Inspector and a Yorkshireman he is a born raconteur with a seemingly endless supply of hilarious anecdotes as told in his best-selling autobiographical novels.
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KATHARINE MCMAHON, is a historical novelist and multiple award winner.

The Rose of Sebastopol was a Waterstone's No 1 Bestseller and on the Sunday Times Best Seller List.
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CONN IGGULDEN, co-author of the number one best-selling 'Dangerous Books for Boys' which sold over half a million.

Book of the Year at the British Book Awards.
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KAREN MAITLAND, an acclaimed author of historical thrillers and winner of the Author's club Best First Novel Award.

Her works have included 'Company of Liars' which was named Waterstone's Book of the Year
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MAX ARTHUR specialises in first-hand accounts of historical events.

As a highly respected oral and military historian he has worked with the Imperial War Museum and has presented television documentaries on 20th century conflicts.
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SOPHIE HANNAH, has gained fame as both a novelist and as a poet. Her poems are studied at GCSE and A-level across the UK; her first novel sold more than 100,000 copies and she is currently working on her 7th thriller featuring the character Simon Waterhouse
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CLARISSA DICKSON-WRIGHT was the youngest woman barrister ever to be called to the Bar, squandered a fortune on booze & parties and gained fame in the beloved TV program 'Two Fat Ladies'.

A captivating raconteur and acclaimed cook.
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