Former Foreign Affairs Correspondent, John Simpson, is one of Litfest's star authors and will be speaking about his new book 'We Chose To Speak Of War And Strife' at The Junction, Christ Church, Chorleywood on Saturday 15 October

Late Additions To The Literary Ball

30th September 2016

This year’s Chorleywood LitFest (12-19 October) welcomes a fabulous range of authors to talk about their latest publications, with two eminent last minute additions to an already packed programme.…

JOHN SIMPSON
Saturday 15 October: 7.30pm
The Junction, Christ Church, Chorleywood
Event book vouchers £12; book £15 on the night (RRP £25)

All over the world, where fault-lines seethe into bloodshed and civil war, for 200 years foreign correspondents have been engaged in uncovering the latest news and – despite obstacles bureaucratic, political, violent – reporting it by whatever means available. It’s a working life that is difficult, exciting and glamorous – and one which John Simpson knows more intimately than most.
His new book shares key moments in world history through the eyes of those who witnessed them. He weaves the story of the greats who went before him (think Alan Moorhead, Martha Gellhorn, Hemingway and Charles Wheeler) with extraordinary accounts from his own lifetime on the frontlines: a deeply personal book from a master of the profession.

JOHN JULIUS NORWICH
Wednesday 19 October: 7.30pm
The Junction, Christ Church, Chorleywood
Event book vouchers £12; book £15 on the night (RRP £25)

Four great princes – Henry VIII of England, Francis I of France, Charles V of Spain and Suleiman the Magnificent – were born within a single decade. Each looms large in his country’s history and, in this fascinating book, John Julius Norwich shows how, against the rich background of the Renaissance and destruction of the Reformation, their wary obsession with one another laid the foundations for modern Europe. Individually, each man could hardly have been more different ­– from the scandals of Henry’s six wives to Charles’s monasticism – but, together, they dominated the world stage.
John Julius Norwich, now 87 and a man as remarkable and fascinating as the history he writes, will close the 2016 Literary Festival with aplomb.

ALAN JOHNSON
16 Oct: 6pm: Chorleywood Memorial Hall
Event book vouchers £12; book £10 on the night (RRP £16.99)

From the slums of West London to the corridors of power, Alan Johnson’s autobiography charts an extraordinary journey, almost unimaginable in today’s Britain, with characteristic honesty.

REVEREND RICHARD COLES
14 Oct: 7.30pm: The Junction, Christ Church
Event book vouchers £12; book £12 on the night (RRP £20)

Radio 4’s resident vicar, Saturday Live’s Reverend Richard Coles shares experiences of ten years of ministry, along with the story of his continuing career as a broadcaster and in media.

SIÂN EVANS
16 Oct: 4pm: Chorleywood Memorial Hall
Event book vouchers £12; book £15 on the night (RRP £25)

Written with wit, verve and heart, this is the story of a social revolution, and six of the extraordinary, ambitious and spirited women women who helped it happen in the aftermath of the First World War.

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