Date for the Diary: Chiswick Book Festival

by Jamie Klingler

We wouldn’t be doing our job as a London Book Club if we didn’t tell you about bookish events happening in London. And lo! We bring you the Chiswick Book Festival.

The book bonanza is happening in, well, Chiswick, from 11 – 15 September, and there’s all sorts of good stuff happening: Charles Spencer (yup, the late Princess Di’s brother. Or, at least, if it’s not him, a very good lookalike), Toby Young, and Bryony Gordon are just some of the authors speaking, and there are special events for children too.

Our picks of the week include:

– Elisa Segrave talking about her mother’s experiences at Bletchley Park in a session called Real Heroines: Experiences of Women during the Second World War. Saturday 13 September, 2.45pm, St Michael and All Angels Church

– Sasha Wilkins of LibertyLondonGirl fame, in a The Books That Built Me salon, talking about some of her favourite books as well as her new cookery book, Friends Food Family: Recipes and Secrets from LibertyLondonGirl. Saturday 13 September, 7pm, St Michael and All Angels Church

– Creative Workshop: Getting Started on a Novel. Does what it says on the tin, really. Have you ever thought you’d like to write a novel, or are you curious to learn about the processes involved? Bring paper and pencil and come and find out one writer’s approach. Sunday 14 September, ArtsEd

For a full programme and more info, go to