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Today, Guildford Book Festival – which celebrates its 30th season in 2019 – announces the line-up for its ever-popular Literary Lunch and Readers’ Day.  

Deborah Moggach, bestselling author of Tulip Fever and These Foolish Things (adapted for the screen as The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), will join Condé Nast legend Nicholas Coleridge at the Harbour Hotel on Monday 7 October for this year’s Literary Lunch.  Deborah will discuss her new novel, The Carer, a funny and poignant tale which shows that life most definitely does not stop for the elderly. In The Glossy Years: Magazines, Museums and Selective Memoir, Nicholas Coleridge writes with astonishing candour about his thirty-year career at Condé Nast, where he has witnessed it all; from the anxieties of the Princess of Wales to the blazing fury of Mohammed Al-Fayed. Nicholas will entertain the audience with anecdotes including a surreal weekend away with Bob Geldof and William Hague, and Margaret Thatcher’s clothes legacy.

Readers’ Day, which takes place on Saturday 12 October at the Harbour Hotel, is a mini festival in a day, bringing together seven of the country’s leading authors.  Internationally bestselling Tracy Chevalier will share insight into her much-awaited new novel, A Single ThreadLisa Jewell (Then She Was Gone) will discuss The Family Upstairs, her compulsive new thriller; Festival favourite and multi-million bestselling author Adele Parks returns with her latest book, Lies, Lies, LiesElizabeth Macneal, author of award-winning The Doll Factory, and Elizabeth Buchan, whose latest book The Museum of Broken Promises is a journey into a long-buried past, will shed light on writing historical fiction, and Anstey Harris and Richard Roper will discuss their debut novels, The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton and Something to Live For.

Jane Beaton, Co-Director of Guildford Book Festival, said:

We are delighted to have such a strong line-up for both Readers’ Day and the Literary Lunch, two of the Festival’s most popular days.  With its mix of established award-winning authors and outstanding new writers Readers’ Day is a wonderful day out for book lovers, and one we look forward to every year. And, the combination of Deborah Moggach and Nicholas Coleridge is certain to make for an entertaining Literary Lunch.  Another date not to be missed.”

Guildford Book Festival is a registered charity and is grateful to its sponsors:, The Rutland Group, Roffe Swayne, the University of Surrey and Martin Grant Homes. 

The 30th Guildford Book Festival takes place between 6 and 13 October 2019.  For further information and to book tickets for the 2019 Literary Lunch and Readers’ Day:

Further events will be announced and tickets released for sale over the summer.  Follow @gfordbookfest