Althorp Literary Festival

Thursday 30th June - Sunday 3rd July

The 13th Althorp Literary Festival will take place on four days - from Thursday 30th June to Sunday 3rd July, inclusive. Building on the success of festivals past, the 13th Althorp Literary Festival promises to once again be an impressive event, with sessions from renowned historians, novelists, comedians, politicians, sportsmen, screenwriters, biographers and broadcasters. It remains a unique and intimate celebration of the written word, taking place against the backdrop of one of England’s most beautiful, private, historic houses. This year’s line-up includes; Bill Bryson, Joan Bakewell, Loyd Grossman, Paula Byrne, Tom Bower, Hollie McNish, John Suchet, Sir Richard Eyre, Henrietta Knight, Paul Gambaccini, Suzannah Lipscomb, James Naughtie, Sara Pascoe, and Brian Blessed. We look forward to seeing you there.

Althorp Literary Festival

Suzannah Lipscomb - The King is Dead

Suzannah Lipscomb

The King is Dead is a beautifully written account of the creation, impact and legacy of one of the most important records of the Tudor period – the last will and testament of Henry VIII. Historians have often disagreed over its intended meaning, its authenticity and validity, and the circumstances of its creation. In this fascinating book, historian and television presenter Suzannah Lipscomb examines the background to the drafting of the will and, describing Henry’s last days, offers her own illuminating interpretation on this intriguing and highly significant constitutional document.

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Brian Blessed - Absolute Pandemonium

Brian Blessed

There is no one quite like Brian Blessed. One of this country’s best known and most highly respected actors, he is also a trained undertaker, secret romantic, martial artist and mountaineer. Trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, his role as PC “Fancy” Smith in Z Cars found him fame, since which he has enjoyed a distinguished and varied career encompassing television, film and theatre. Now this national treasure is sharing his extraordinary story, from his childhood in Yorkshire through his illustrious acting years, to his many intrepid adventures.

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Bill Bryson - The Road to Little Dribbling

Bill Bryson

Twenty-one years ago, author Bill Bryson went on a trip around Britain to celebrate the green and kindly island that had become his adopted country. The hilarious book that resulted, Notes from a Small Island, was taken to the nation’s heart and became one of the bestselling travel books ever written. Now, as a follow-up to that modern classic, Bill Bryson makes a further journey around Britain to see what has changed. Bill Bryson’s books include A Short History of Nearly Everything, The Lost Continent, Neither Here Nor There, and A Walk in the Woods.  Bryson – travel writer, biographer, scientist and historian - is the bestselling author of non-fiction in Britain.

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Joan Bakewell - Stop the Clocks

Joan Bakewell

Joan Bakewell has led a richly varied life: she has been a teacher, copywriter, studio manager, broadcaster, journalist, the government’s Voice of Older People and chair of the theatre company Shared Experience. She has written four radio plays, two novels and an autobiography. Now President of Birkbeck College, and a Member of the House of Lords, she remains a hugely popular broadcaster. Her latest work, Stop the Clocks, is a book of musings, traversing the decades of a fascinating life. Through this thoughtful and moving book Bakewell probes the personal to look at the world that has shaped her and the one, increasingly altered, that she will leave behind.

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