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Althorp Literary Festival Confirms Stellar Author Line-Up

A huge range of celebrated authors has been confirmed for the 15th Annual Althorp Literary Festival, which takes place from Friday 5th to Sunday 7th October.

Earl Spencer – owner of Althorp and founder of the Althorp Literary Festival – is also a bestselling historian, writing as “Charles Spencer.” He explains: “The Althorp Literary Festival is unique in the way it so warmly welcomes authors and audiences alike. I have to say it’s an honour to have a line-up such as the one we have this coming October, including Dan Snow, Prue Leith, Bernard Cornwell, Alan Johnson, and Julian Fellowes. Many of our authors now approach me to see if they can come, which is really heartening.”

Over the past fourteen years, the Festival has attracted over 300 best-selling and critically acclaimed authors, outspoken politicians, sporting heroes, comedians and stars of stage and screen to share their stories with the public. These have previously included Bill Bryson, Boris Johnson, Helen Fielding, Jo Malone, Judy Murray, Darcey Bussell, Sir Tom Stoppard, Twiggy, Sebastian Faulks, Jung Chang and Michael Palin.

Award-winning Dan Jones, author of international bestsellers including The Templars, says: “With brilliant line-ups of speakers in one of Britain’s most stunning venues, Althorp Literary Festival is simply magnificent – no other word will do. Appearing on the bill is a pleasure and a privilege and I can’t wait to return this October”.

Bernard Cornwell, author of multimillion-selling historical novels, including the Sharpe series, is similarly enthusiastic about his return to the Althorp Literary Festival this October: “Books and Althorp form an idyllic blend of beauty, wit and wisdom. It’s by far my favourite festival!”

Althorp House – one of England’s most beautiful private, historic houses – provides an idyllic backdrop for the three-day Festival, which also boasts pop-up retail outlets, live performances and a variety of curated food and drink vendors.

The full line-up will be confirmed on 18th July. Tickets will be available from Friday 20th July at, with Author Sessions individually priced at £16 or £12.50 for the shorter lunchtime sessions.