Christian Hook

Since he was named Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the year in 2014, Christian Hook has become one of the most sought after artists in Europe. His critically acclaimed paintings are held in important [...]

Simon Kerry

Simon Kerry was awarded an MA in Archaeology at Jesus College, Cambridge, and a doctorate in late Victorian British History at the University of East Anglia. He is married and lives in London. [...]

Julian Fellowes

Baron Fellowes of West Stafford – actor, writer, director, producer, peer. As an actor, he is best known for the BBC series, Aristocrats, and Monarch of the Glen as well as films including [...]

Kenneth Baker

Kenneth Baker, Lord Baker of Dorking CH, is a British politician and a former Conservative MP having served in the Cabinets of Margaret Thatcher and John Major as Environment Secretary, Education [...]

Helen Rappaport

Dr Helen Rappaport is a historian specialising in late Imperial Russia and the Victorians. She is the author of thirteen published books, including the Sunday Times bestseller Four Sisters: The [...]

Bernard Cornwell

Bernard Cornwell was born in London and now lives in the USA and is one of the most successful and prolific historical novelists writing today. He is the author of 50 novels including the hugely [...]

Paddy Ashdown

After service as a Royal Marine and as an intelligence officer for the UK security services, Paddy Ashdown was a Member of Parliament for Yeovil from 1983 to 2001, and leader of the Liberal [...]

Charles Spencer

On the way he has been a literary critic, edited a magazine and of course, run a literary festival.  This is an insight into a modern writer’s journey. Charles Spencer obtained his degree [...]

Rachel Kelly

Rachel Kelly is a bestselling writer and mental health campaigner. The author of four books, she speaks publicly about her experience of depression and recovery, and regularly writes for press [...]

Dan Snow

Dan Snow is a historian, broadcaster and television presenter. He was born and raised in London, and remembers spending every weekend of his childhood being taken to castles, battlefields, [...]

George Courtauld

George Courtauld has worked as a headhunter for 25 years, commuting daily to the West End from his home in Essex. He is married with three sons. In 2004, he self-published The Pocket Book of [...]

Prue Leith

Prue Leith has been at the top of the British food scene for nearly 60 years. She has seen huge success not only as founder of the renowned Leith’s School of Food and Wine, but also as a caterer, [...]

Dan Jones and Marina Amaral

Dan Jones is a historian, broadcaster and award-winning journalist. His bestselling works include The Plantagenets, The Hollow Crown and The Templars. He has written and hosted dozens of TV shows [...]

Mike Read

Mike Read is Chairman of the British Plaque Trust, and in 2017 worked with the BBC to create almost fifty plaques to musical icons for BBC Music Day. He has won ten Broadcaster of the Year Awards [...]

Rowan Pelling

Rowan Pelling is a writer, broadcaster and regular columnist for The Daily Telegraph. She edited The Erotic Review magazine for eight years and in 2017 launched a new magazine, The Amorist, for [...]

Charles Spencer

In the week when the paperback of To Catch A King is published, Charles Spencer presents this thrilling yet entirely factual account, described by the Times as “a ripping yarn, with ingredients [...]

Miranda Seymour

Miranda Seymour, author of the award-winning In My Father’s House, has written many acclaimed novels and biographies, including lives of Mary Shelley, Robert Graves, Ottoline Morrell, Virginia [...]

Simon Jenkins

Simon Jenkins is the author of the bestselling books Britain’s 100 Best Railway Stations, A Short History of England, England’s Thousand Best Churches and England’s Thousand [...]

Alan Johnson

Alan Johnson is definitely one of our most popular and respected MPs and as well as being an award-winning author and broadcaster, is a lifelong fan of Queens Park Rangers. As Members of [...]

Leanda de Lisle and Nadine Akkerman

Leanda de Lisle is the highly acclaimed author of four books on the Tudors and Stuarts, including the bestselling The Sisters Who Would be Queen and Tudor, The Family Story. A former weekly [...]

Allison Pearson

Allison Pearson is a journalist and author. She is a columnist for The Telegraph and has also written for many other publications, including The Daily Mail, Time, The New York Times, Vogue, and [...]

Tracy Borman

Tracy Borman is a best-selling author and historian, specialising in the Tudor period. Her books include Elizabeth’s Women, which was Book of the Week on Radio 4, Thomas Cromwell: the untold [...]

Algy Cluff

Algy Cluff OBE was born in 1940. He served for six years in the Army in West Africa, Cyprus and Borneo.  He was a Captain in the Grenadier Guards and the Guards Parachute Company and recently [...]

Christian Hook

Since he was named Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the year in 2014, Christian Hook has become one of the most sought after artists in Europe. His critically acclaimed paintings are held in important [...]

Timothy Henry

Timothy Henry is co-CEO and Managing Partner of BRIDGE, a global consulting and leadership firm. A former Principal at Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. in New York and Tokyo, he has worked on executive [...]

Sarah Churchwell

Sarah Churchwell is Professor of American Literature and Chair of Public Understanding of the Humanities at the School of Advanced Study, University of London. She is the author of Careless [...]

Sir Chris Bonington

Chris, the mountaineer, writer, photographer and lecturer, started climbing at the age of 16 in 1951. It has been his passion ever since. He made the first British ascent of the North Wall of the [...]

Bob Champion MBE

Racing legend Bob Champion listed amongst the top 10 professional jockeys in the UK, in 1979 he was diagnosed with testicular cancer. Following brutal chemotherapy treatment that almost killed [...]

Alexander McCall Smith

Alexander McCall Smith is one of the world’s most prolific and best-loved authors. He has written and contributed to more than 100 books including specialist academic titles, short story [...]

A.N. Wilson

A.N. Wilson grew up in Staffordshire and was educated at Rugby and New College, Oxford. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, he holds a prominent position in the world of literature and [...]

Joanna Grochowicz (Childrens Session)

Joanna Grochowicz’s narrative non-fiction is meticulously researched and compellingly told. By fusing the real and the imagined in her stories of early Antarctic exploration, she reveals [...]