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The Cliveden Literary Festival will return to the magnificent Cliveden House in Berkshire for its fourth year on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 October 2021 following the sell-out success of previous years.

Established in 2017, the Festival has featured a stellar international cast of novelists, historians, screenwriters, film directors, actors, spies, generals and politicians – from Leila Slimani, Ben Okri, Hallie Rubenhold, Ian McEwan, David Olusoga, Armando Iannucci, Bret Easton Ellis, Susannah Lipscomb, General Petraeus, Natascha McElhone, Emily Maitlis, Brian Cox, Elif Shafak and Howard Jacobson to Alain de Botton, Niall Ferguson, Simon Schama, Sarah Waters, Jade Anouka, Ayan Hirsi Ali, Robert Harris, Rory Stewart, Stephen Frears, Michael Gove, Kwasi Kwarteng, Tristram Hunt and June Sarpong.

Our line-up this year – which includes David Baddiel, Emerald Fennell, Olivette Otele, Peter Frankopan, Amor Towles, Chibundu Onuzo, Sebastian Faulks and Kate Bingham – once again embodies Cliveden’s long tradition as a political and literary salon.

Declared by Ian McEwan as ‘probably the world’s best small literary festival’, and hailed by Alain de Botton as ‘the most dignified and beautiful literature festival on the planet’, the 2021 Festival is not to be missed.