Two Record Breaking Icons Coming to Literary Festival

ranulph-fiennesTwo record-breaking British Icons are among the latest names added to this autumn’s Henley Literary Festival, alongside a brace of politicians and some international authors.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes, named the greatest living adventurer by Guiness World Records and the oldest Briton to climb Everest, and Sir Roger Bannister, who next month marks the 60th anniversary of his sub-four-minute mile, will both appear at festival, now in its eighth year, which takes place from 29 September to 5 October at venues across the town.

With former Lib Dem leader Paddy Ashdown already confirmed, the other two major political parties will be represented by Shadow Minister for Welfare Reform Chris Bryant and former Conservative MP Jerry Hayes.

Looking further afield, British-Iranian journalist Ramita Navai will discuss Tehran, while three of Denmark’s leading novelists will take part in a special Nordic Noir event. And one of Fleet Street’s most famous – and feared – interviewers Lynn Barber, of the Sunday Times will discuss her latest memoir, having been portrayed by Carey Mulligan in the film made from the previous volume, An Education.

Many more events for the festival, which is sponsored by Laithwaite’s Wine, will be revealed in the coming months, including a full children’s programme. Previously announced authors include Bonnie Greer, Cosmo agony aunt Irma Kurtz, English Heritage chief Simon Thurley and bestselling novelists Jenny Colgan and Adele Parks.

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