Jump the queue at this year's Henley Literary Festival

Jump the queue at this year’s Henley Literary Festival: Mail readers can secure their place at one of the UK’s leading book events early with our exclusive Early Bird offer

  • Mail readers can book a place at Henley Literary Festival early in exclusive offer 
  • Festival, one of the UK’s leading book events, will return to ‘real life’ in October
  • Line-up of speakers includes fitness expert Joe Wicks and Joanna Lumley 

Henley Literary Festival will return to ‘real life’ from October 2-10 with a line-up of fabulous speakers including fitness expert Joe Wicks (pictured)

Stars of Harry Potter and Hamilton will join our heroic vaccine-makers, international bestselling authors and Children’s Laureates at this year’s Henley Literary Festival, supported by the Daily Mail — and Mail readers can book early in our exclusive Early Bird offer.

The festival, one of the UK’s leading book events, will return to ‘real life’ from October 2-10 with a line-up of fabulous speakers including fitness expert Joe Wicks, Jeffrey Archer, Joanna Lumley, Alexander McCall Smith, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Line Of Duty creator Jed Mercurio.

It will be preceded by a series of online-only events in September featuring U.S.-based novelists Curtis Sittenfeld and Brit Bennett, John Lewis-Stempel, Cecelia Ahern, as well as sporting icons Michael Holding and Katherine Grainger in conversation. Two of the leading scientists behind the Oxford AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, Dame Sarah Gilbert and Dr Catherine Green, will be sharing their extraordinary story, as will nursing expert Dame Elizabeth Anionwu and computing pioneer Dame Stephanie Shirley.

In the stunning riverside setting of Phyllis Court Club, the Baillie Gifford Marquee will host more than 40 events that are also available to watch online.

Guest speakers will include Gyles Brandreth, Robert Webb, Elizabeth Day, John Simpson, Tom Allen, Kate Mosse, Alan Johnson, Gavin & Stacey creator Ruth Jones, Dr Alex George, Candice Brathwaite, Sebastian Faulks, Jane Garvey and Fi Glover — hosts of Radio 4’s Fortunately, Tom Bradby and former Friends Of The Earth director Jonathon Porritt.

The Laithwaites Stage at Henley Town Hall is the venue for leading novelists such as Costa-winner Monique Roffey, writing duo Nicci French, Rachel Edwards, James Scudamore, Jane Thynne, Robert Thorogood and Celia Walden, as well as non-fiction writers including Peter Hain, LBC presenter James O’Brien, How Not To Get Old author Jane Gordon, Sarah Sands, William Waldegrave, designer Jenny Packham and space expert David Whitehouse.

Speakers at Henley’s historic Christ Church include bestselling novelists Jill Mansell, Jane Fallon and Kiran Millwood Hargrave, Simon Mayo, Anya Hindmarch, Archbishop of York Stephen Cottrell, royal expert Ingrid Seward, Simon Heffer and Everything But The Girl singer Tracey Thorn.

Events for younger readers include former Children’s Laureates Michael Morpurgo and Chris Riddell, Tom Gates author Liz Pichon, Stuart Lawrence, Kate Pankhurst, Rob Biddulph and Clare Balding. And the River & Rowing Museum is the venue for interactive events for children of all ages, including the Wonderbly Story Workshop, If I Ran The Country with Rich Knight and Diagnosis Danger with Roopa Farooki.

Stars of stage and screen coming to Henley-on-Thames this October include Hayley Mills, comedians Mel Giedroyc, Jack Dee, Ruby Wax and Rob Beckett, Hamilton Olivier-winner Giles Terera and Evanna Lynch, who played Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter films

Stars of stage and screen coming to Henley-on-Thames this October include Hayley Mills, comedians Mel Giedroyc, Jack Dee, Ruby Wax and Rob Beckett, Hamilton Olivier-winner Giles Terera and Evanna Lynch, who played Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter films.

Debut novelists include Miles Jupp, Carol Kirkwood, Neema Shah, Cathy Rentzenbrink, Sara Jafari, Naomi Ishiguro, Salena Godden, Daisy Buchanan and Claire Alexander.

Politics and current affairs will also be on the agenda with Michael Heseltine, Sebastian Payne, Ed Miliband, Christina Lamb, Sir Vince Cable, Peter Oborne, Dr Rachel Clarke and Ed Balls. And thousands of years of history will be covered by Max Hastings, Antonia Fraser, Jeremy Paxman, Lucinda Hawksley, Simon Thurley and Jeevan Vasagar.

Tickets go on sale on Monday — but Mail readers can book from 10am today.

How to Book

To book all events ahead of tickets going on general sale on Monday, July 19, visit henleyliteraryfestival.co.uk/basket and enter the promo code EARLYBIRD21. 

Tickets subject to availability. Booking fee of £2 per ticket. Tickets are non-refundable unless event cancelled. For full terms and conditions see henleyliteraryfestival.co.uk/tc  

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