A look ahead to the Knutsford Literature Festival - October 5th-20th

Sir Roy Strong

Sir Roy Strong - Credit: Archant

The 200th anniversary of Pride and Prejudice is celebrated at this year’s KLF as Jane Austen’s most recent biographer Paula Byrne leads proceedings with a reading from The Real Jane Austen A Life in Small Things. She argues the case that Jane Austen wasn’t a provincial spinster with a waspish wit but a thoroughly modern woman.

Biographer Lisa Chaney takes another iconic woman as her subject, Coco Chanel and discusses why her cultural influence goes beyond the Little Black Dress. while Baroness Gillian Shephard will strip away the myths that surround another powerful woman , Margaret Thatcher to give her personal perspective on the Iron Lady.

Other highlights in a packed programme include Sir Roy Strong who reads from his memoirs, Wisden journalist Robert Winder, journalist Simon Heffer, travel writer Sarah Wheeler and crime writer Andrew Martin .

Festival highlight

Guest speaker at this year’s Literary Lunch at the Mere Golf Resort and Spa is journalist and novelist Daisy Waugh who will be talking about her latest novel, Melting the Snow on Hester Street which is set against a background of real events, personalities and places in pre-war New York and Hollywood. For more details visit