A PLETHORA of literary stars will be descending on London's leafy suburb for the much-loved annual Chiswick Book Festival.
Now in its fifth year, the festival returns to the area with more than two dozen top authors of all genres who will speak and sign books over the weekend from September 13 to 15.
Lucy Worsley, chief curator at the Historic Royal Palaces, kicks off the festival next Friday (13) evening in the splendour of Chiswick House and Gardens with her talk entitled A Very British Murder, about the nation's fascination with murder as entertainment, to accompany her new BBC TV series.
Celebrated former war reporter and historian, Sir Max Hastings, will give an insight into his new book, Catastrophe: Europe Goes to War 1914, to mark next year's centenary of the First World War, while Chiswick resident and actress Rula Lenska will be talking about her autobiography.
Acclaimed thriller writer, Philip Kerr, and his wife, Jane Thynne, will talk together for the first time about writing and how their books and lives overlap.
An appearance by James Bowen and his street cat named Bob, will entertain visitors by discussing his new book, The World According to Bob, which is currently top of the Sunday Times best-seller list.
A host of spy writers, including Charles Cumming and and Sinclair McKay, will take part in a special Spies on Sunday afternoon session to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the first James Bond novel in 1953.There is also a chance to win a first edition of Thunderball, donated by Fosters' Bookshop, in the festival's Bond quiz.
A children's book festival will be running on Saturday 14, with puzzles, a musical performance and a young people's poetry competition.
Torin Douglas, director of the Chiswick Book Festival, said: “We’re delighted with the range and quality of this year’s authors, for our fifth festival.
“There really is something for almost every taste and we hope people will come for the whole weekend. We keep ticket prices low so they can buy lots of the authors’ books!”
The festival is based at St Michael and All Angels Church and Parish Hall, near Turnham Green tube station, with some events taking place at the Tabard Theatre, Chiswick Library and Chiswick House.
A day pass is £7 and more popular talks range from £5 to £12. Book and pay online at chiswickbookfestival.net or at St Michael and All Angels Church after mass on Sunday at 11:15, or call 020 8995 3285.