Calling all bibliophiles – book early for Henley!

Calling all bibliophiles — book early for Henley! Mary Berry, David Suchet and John Craven are among the stars at this autumn’s Literary Festival

  • The Henley Literary Festival is taking place from September 28th to October 6th
  • The annual festival will host 170 different events for book lovers of all ages 
  • This year’s line-up includes TV stars Mary Berry, David Suchet and John Craven 
  • Daily Mail readers can beat the rush for tickets with an exclusive priority offer 

It’s book lovers’ favourite time of year again, as we prepare for the fantastic Henley Literary Festival — and the best news is that, from today, Daily Mail readers can get tickets to the hottest events before anyone else.

The Festival, which has 170 different events for adults and children, runs from Saturday, September 28, to Sunday, October 6, in the beautiful riverside Oxfordshire town. Tickets go on sale next week and many events are likely to sell out in the first few hours, so this is your opportunity to jump the queue.

Prime Minister Theresa May, actor David Suchet, broadcaster Michael Parkinson, bakers Mary Berry and Prue Leith, journalist Kirsty Wark, TV presenters John Craven and Dom Joly, lyricist Tim Rice, historian Kate Williams and comedian Paul Merton are among the stellar line-up.

Literary names at the Baillie Gifford-sponsored festival, which is supported by the Mail, include Kate Atkinson, Robert Harris, Rachel Hore, D.J. Taylor, Victoria Hislop, Melvyn Bragg and Sara Collins. There’ll also be the unique opportunity to see Jojo Moyes and David Nicholls together on stage discussing their careers and inspirations for their new novels.

Daily Mail readers will be able to purchase tickets to this year’s Henley Literary Festival three days before they go on sale, Mary Berry (pictured) features in the stellar line-up

Budding authors can attend panels where they can get tips on how to write a gripping thriller and how to get published.

Alongside Mrs May, politics is covered by Margaret Thatcher’s private secretary Caroline Slocock, former Labour home secretary Jack Straw, Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg and No 10 Downing Street’s first ever Researcher in Residence, Jack Brown.

Cricket fans celebrating England’s extraordinary World Cup victory will be bowled over by England stars Sir Alastair Cook, Derek Pringle, Monty Panesar and the voice of cricket himself, Henry Blofeld, and foodies are in for a real treat with not one, but three, Bake Off stars in the form of Mary Berry, Prue Leith and Nadiya Hussain.

Two former Blue Peter presenters will be at the festival: Konnie Huq with her first children’s book and Janet Ellis with her second novel. They’ll be joined by leading experts in the fields of science, education and history: Alison Weir, Max Hastings and Professor Steve Jones.

Those who enjoy a glass (or two) of wine can meet Tony Laithwaite of Laithwaite’s Wine, who will be delighting audiences with tales of how he turned his passion project into the number one home-delivery wine merchants. Or sip a glass of Mr Hobbs Gin with Saturday Kitchen wine expert Olly Smith, who will be talking cocktails and mocktails.

The more genteel can find out how the Countess of Carnarvon celebrates Christmas at Highclere Castle (aka Downton Abbey).

Actor David Suchet (pictured) will take part in this year’s festival in Oxfordshire, the line-up also includes events for children such as Roald Dahl’s Word Wizards

There’s plenty for children with a line-up featuring former Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell, McFly’s Dougie Poynter and lots of fantabulous fun with Roald Dahl’s Word Wizards, the Harry Potter show, and drawing and storytime with Elmer the patchwork elephant and Dennis The Menace. Plus family fun with the maths whizz Johnny Ball.The Baillie Gifford Festival Hub will play host to talks on fashion, diet, The Beatles, children’s storytime and activities, and a very special parenting panel featuring blogger The Unmumsy Mum. You can even pop in and get your hands on the best brownies in the world from the Gower Cottage Brownies stall.

Or take to the river on the Hibernia, a unique festival venue which sails along The Thames as book lovers listen to readings, new authors and poetry.

So get in first! Tickets for the festival go on sale on Monday, July 22, but Daily Mail readers can beat the Monday rush and take advantage of priority booking with our exclusive offer.

Snap up early-bird tickets to Henley Literary Festival 

We’re offering Mail readers the chance to book early-bird tickets for Henley Literary Festival, three days before public sale begins on Monday.

The festival, which is partnered with the Daily Mail, runs from September 28 to October 6 and features more than 170 talks, plus Q&As and lots of events for adults and children.

The Henley Literary Festival takes place September 28th to October 6th

Theresa May, actor David Suchet and broadcaster Michael Parkinson are among this year’s stellar line-up, along with food writers Mary Berry and Prue Leith, and children’s authors Michael Rosen and Julian Clary. Other speakers include John Craven, Tim Rice, Paul Merton and Kirsty Wark.

Batsman Sir Alastair Cook will be appearing, too, and there will be the chance to hear from science and history experts Alison Weir, Max Hastings and Professor Steve Jones, as well as politicians Jack Straw, Jacob Rees-Mogg and Anna Soubry.

Talks are held in small venues and can sell out fast — so get ahead of the queue and book tickets today!


See the full programme and book tickets at henleyliteraryfestival. or call 01491 575 948 and quote ‘Mail’. Tickets subject to availability. Full terms apply, see

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