The Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson is the latest big headliner to join the Henley Literary Festival in October to talk about her first novel, Her Heart for a Compass on 7 October.
There are parallels that loom between Lady Margaret, heroine of the book and author as both are strong willed redhead rebels who are against a society where women are expected to conform, attracts the attention of the press and then turns to writing. However it is the life of her great-great-aunt Margaret Montagu Douglas-Scott that most inspired the Duchess of York’s first novel, after writing bestselling children’s books and non-fiction for over 30 years. The book takes you first to 1865 London, where the protagonist finds strength from other free-spirited friends, including Queen Victoria’s daughter Princess Louise, before she heads to Ireland, America and then back to Britain. It’s not every Mills & Boon bestseller that receives praise from Julian Fellowes, Jeffrey Archer and The Guardian so don’t miss this rare chance to hear the Duchess discuss her life and writing with co-author Marguerite Kaye, whose own books have sold over 1.5 million copies in 20 countries.
Harriet Ryan-Reed from Henley Literary Festival said, “Absolutely thrilled to welcome the Duchess of York and international best-seller Marguerite Kaye to what was already our most exciting line up yet as live events continue to return to Henley.”