My Henley Literary Festival 2020 Reading List

This year’s Henley Literary Festival takes place from Saturday 26th September to Sunday 4th October 2020. Owing to circumstances we’re all aware of, this year’s Festival has had to move online but there is still a great line-up of authors on the programme.

As a Friend of the Festival (find out how you can become one here), I’ve been excitedly browsing my preview copy of the programme since it dropped through my letterbox. I’ve already purchased tickets for several events I want to attend…sorry, join online.

As in previous years, I’ve put together a reading list of books I own but haven’t yet read by some of the authors taking part in this year’s Festival.  I’ll try to read these between now and the start of the Festival and publish my (spoiler free) reviews during the Festival.

My Henley Literary Festival 2020 Reading List (event date)

  • Ayisha MalikThis Green and Pleasant Land (Saturday 26th September)
  • Ashley AudrainThe Push (Wednesday 30th September, includes proof copy)
  • Gill HornbyMiss Austen (Thursday 1st October)
  • Raynor WinnThe Wild Silence (Friday 2nd October)
  • Jeremy VineThe Diver and the Lover (Sunday 4th October)
  • Jodi Picoult Small Great Things (Thursday 22nd October – Pop-Up Event) 

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Please note: I have no commercial relationship with Henley Literary Festival – unless you count spending my money on tickets for events! I’m just a book lover and book blogger keen to support my local literary festival. 

#TopTenTuesday Literary Festivals: We’ll Meet Again

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This week’s topic is Book Events/Festivals I’d Love to Go to Someday. Yeah, we wish…

HenleyLiteraryFestivalMy local literary festival is Henley Literary Festival. Like so many other literary events, this year it will be going ahead in online form only, from 26th September to 4th October. I’m sure there will be some exciting events on the programme but it can’t be exactly the same as being there in person: listening to and meeting authors, chatting to other readers, enjoying the sights of Henley-on-Thames and soaking up the bookish buzz.

Henley-on-ThamesTherefore as a reminder of happier, less socially-distanced times I thought I’d share some highlights from previous Henley Literary Festivals that I’ve attended. Links will take you to my review of each event.


Anne O’Brien, author of The Shadow Queen & Rory Clements, author of Corpus

Rachel Joyce, author of The Music Shop


Alan Johnson, author of In My Life: A Music Memoir

Diane Setterfield, author of Once Upon A River

A J Pearce, author of Dear Mrs. Bird & Anne Youngson, author of Meet Me At The Museum


Stephanie Wrobel, author of The Recovery of Rose Gold & Adele Geras, author of Conviction (now to be published as Dangerous Women in February 2021)

Anne de Courcy, author of Chanel’s Riviera

Victoria Hislop, author of Those Who Are Loved

David Suchet, author of Behind The Lens

And a final event, even closer to home, held at Waterstones, Reading in June 2018.

Alison Weir, author of Jane Seymour: The Haunted Queen

What literary festivals or events are you looking forward to being able to attend (in person) again? Or do you now prefer online events?