This year’s Henley Literary Festival takes place between 29th September and 7th October and there is a fantastic programme of events featuring many well-known authors, including those from the world of politics, current affairs, sport and entertainment. Events are staged at a number of venues in the lovely setting of Henley-on-Thames, including at the fourth oldest working theatre in the UK, on the site of an 18th century brewery and on a boat travelling up the River Thames. You can find details of the full programme here, including the latest information about ticket availability.
I visited Henley Literary Festival for the first time last year, attending two events. You can read my reviews of both events on my dedicated Henley Literary Festival page. Following last year’s Festival, I published a list of ten suggestions for ways to support your local literary festival so it seems only fair that my actions should speak as loud as my words. I did become a Friend of Henley Festival (no. 3) and, as such, got access to the priority booking period which I used to book tickets for three events (no. 5). You can find details of these on my Henley Literary Festival page and I’ll be adding links to my reviews of them.
Time, budget and other considerations mean I can’t attend all the events that caught my eye in the Festival programme but I’ll be trying to make up for this in a number of ways.
- As already mentioned, I’ll be blogging about the events I am attending.
- I’ve also been inspired to create a reading list of books by some of the authors appearing at the other Festival events which caught my eye.
- I’ll be publishing my (spoiler free) reviews of these books on my blog in the run-up to and during the period of the Festival and sharing them via social media.
Yes, you’re right. I’ve effectively appointed myself to the entirely unofficial (and, as far as I know, non-existent) position of ‘bookblogger-in-residence’ at the Henley Literary Festival 2018!
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My Henley Literary Festival 2018 Reading List
Click on the book title to view the book description on Goodreads or my review.
Paris Echo by Sebastian Faulks
The Missing Girl by Jenny Quintana
The Long and Winding Road by Alan Johnson
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
Dear Mrs. Bird by A J Pearce
Meet Me at the Museum by Anne Youngson
So Much Life Left Over by Louis De Bernieres
The Temptation by Vera Morris
Murder at the Grand Raj Palace by Vaseem Khan
The Dark Tide by Vera Brittain
The Burning Chambers by Kate Mosse
Bookworm: A Memoir of Childhood Reading by Lucy Mangan
The Cliff House by Amanda Jennings
Dead Man’s Gift by Simon Kernick
If you’re tempted by any of these books – or books by other authors appearing at Henley Literay Festival – and you live locally, then why not purchase them from the Festival’s Partner Bookseller, The Bell Bookshop. Alternatively, support your local bookshop by ordering from Hive.co.uk.