Guildford Book Festival
12–19 October 2014

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Jim Parks


Guildford Book Festival is delighted to host many of the nation’s most incredible authors, journalists and opinion leaders. Our rich programme is designed to appeal to a broad spectrum of tastes. Whether your interest is in fiction, politics, biography, history, crime, romance, economics, royalty or whiskey (yes you read that correctly) then you will be satiated at this year’s festival! I look forward to seeing you there.

Jim Parks, Creative Director

Women’s Fiction

Guildford is thrilled to welcome a cornucopia of funny, warm, witty women writing contemporary fiction, including international #1 bestsellers Sophie Kinsella and Cathy Kelly, the hysterically funny Kathy Lette and the wonderful Freya North. Romantic Novelists Sue Moorcroft, Chrissie ManbyJudy Astley and Carole Matthews invite you for coffee and cake, whereas the impossibly glamourous Paige Toon and Ali Harris are offering cocktails. Delicious on so many levels!

We Shall Remember Them

Kate Adie tells the story of the First World War years through the eyes of women, and unearths in fascinating detail the up-hill struggle for admission into the world of men. Bestselling author Adele Parks and debut novelist Anna Hope offer fresh perspective on the horrors of the aftermath of WW1 and in Tommy’s War, leading First World War historian Richard van Emden depicts the Western Front exclusively through the words and images of the soldiers on the ground.

Household Names

Household names are literally going to be on your doorstep. Do not miss the opportunity to hear them speak in person and, as all our events include Q&A sessions, you’ll be able to get up close and personal. Guests include Sheila Hancock, Charles Spencer, Richard Madeley, Kate AdiePaul Merton and Andrew Marr.