2020 Festival Gallery

Celebrating 25 events over six days in September 2020. Our thanks to photographers Jodie McWhinnie and Terry Mathews.

Ainsley arriving for his evening event

Festival launch night with TV chef Ainsley Harriott talking about his latest book and TV series, Ainsley's Mediterranean Cookbook.

Dr Michael Mosley

Michael discussed his two recent books: COVID-19 - Everything you need to know about Cornonavirus and the race for the vaccine and Fast Asleep - how to get a really good night's rest.

Michael Morpurgo

Children and families were delighted to welcome Michael back to Appledore to hear about his thrilling new book inspired by the classic story of Gulliver's Travels:  Boy Giant, Son of Gulliver

Arriving for an evening Drive-In event

Cars arrive for an evening with Richard Osman

Richard Osman

Presenter and producer, Richard Osman, discussed his first book in the gripping Thursday Murder Club series. Set in a fictional ‘luxury retirement village’ off the A21 in Kent, The Thursday Murder Club stars four retirees who meet every Thursday to solve cold cases.

Amanda Owen

Amanda Owen, talked about her latest book, Adventures of the Yorkshire Shepherdess, her hit TV series, her amazing family and what life is like on Ravenseat, a remote hill farm high in the Yorkshire Dales.

A Sunday afternoon event

Children and families enjoying an afternoon with Michael Morpurgo.

An evening with Shobna

A beautiful Monday evening to watch Shobna Gulati discuss her memoir about caring for a parent with dementia and the memories that resurface in the process.

Shobna Gulati

Shobna became a household name for her roles in Coronation Street and Dinnerladies.  Remember Me? is her first book and is a heartbreakingly courageous and tender memoir on losing a parent to dementia. 

Rachel Reeves MP

Rachel's book, Women of Westminster: The MPs who changed politics, celebrates the inspirational achievements of women in parliament over the course of the past 100 years and features insightful and honest interviews with today's leading MPs.

Ainsley Harriott

Chef, TV presenter and entertainer, Ainsley Harriott discussed his new book and TV series Ainsley’s Mediterranean Cookbook, in which he explores the history of Mediterranean cooking and discovers the very best recipes to cook back home.

Kate Humble

Kate is one of the UK's best-known TV presenters as well as a farmer, writer, activist and entrepreneur. Her book A Year of Living Simply: My journey from complexity to contentment is a fresh and frank exploration of a stripped-back approach to life.

Late Monday afternoon

A car roof is a great place to watch Kate Humble in conversation.

Jeremy Vine

As a Patron of the Appledore Book Festival, Jeremy gives an enormous amount of help and support to the Festival and we are extremely grateful to him.  This year Jeremy talked about his latest book, The Driver and the Lover, a compelling story of love, art, politics and sacrifice.

Emily Brand

The Fall of the House of Byron follows the fates of Lord Byron's ancestors over three generations and is a compelling story of a prominent and controversial characters.  Emily's book is a sumptuous family portrait and an electrifying work of social history.

Alexander Larman

Using previously unpublished and rare archival material, and new interviews with those who knew Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson, THE CROWN IN CRISIS is the conclusive exploration of how an unthinkable and unprecedented event tore the country apart.

Lord Michael Cashman

Michael has lived many lives: beloved actor of stage and screen; campaigner for gay rights; MEP and life peer.  His book One of Them is an account of a life lived both left-of-field and firmly embedded in the heart of all that makes Britain liberal and good.

Catherine Belton

Putin's People by former FT Moscow correspondent and investigative journalist, Catherine Belton, delves deep into the workings of Putin's Kremlin and tells the untold story of the rise of Vladimir Putin and the small group of KGB men surrounding him.

Sir Kim Darroch

Sir Kim was British Ambassador to the US as the age of Trump dawned and Brexit unfolded. Collateral Damage charts a period in the recent history of Britain and the US and shows how 30 months threatened to overturn three centuries of history.

Gypfunk entertain the audience

Monday morning delight with the sound of some contemporary French music, along with croissants and coffee before watching Viv Groskop.

Viv Groskop

In her book Au Revoir, Tristesse, writer, comedian and journalist, Viv Groskop mixes literary history and memoir to explore how the classics of French literature can infuse our lives with joie de vivre and teach us how to say goodbye to sadness.

Iain Dale

LBC broadcaster and For the Many co-host Iain Dale's lastest book Why Can't We All Just Get Along, suggests how we can all emerge from tribalism and division and become more respectful to each other and those who govern us.

Tansy E Hoskins

In 2018, 66.3 million pairs of shoes were manufactured across the world every single day. In Tansy's book, Foot Work: What Your Shoes Are Doing to the World, she opens our eyes to the dark origins of the shoes on our feet.

Alison Weir

Historian and author of the Sunday Times bestselling Six Tudor Queens series, Alison's latest book in the series, Katheryn Howard, The Tainted Queen, relates one of the most tragic stories in English history.

Mark Lane

Mark gave a presentation on his lastest book Royal Gardens of the World.  Featuring 21 celebrated Royal gardens, the book takes the reader on a journey of architecturally significant houses and their classic gardens.

Hamish de Bretton-Gordon

For thirty years, Hamish served and volunteered in conflict zones around the world. Lifting the lid on the unique world of battlefield expertise and humanitarian work, Chemical Warrior is a thrilling story of bravery and compassion.

Susan Ronald

American-British author, historian and biographer, Susan Ronald discusssed her latest two biographies, Conde Nast, the man behind Vogue, Vanity Fair and GQ and, the soon to be published, The Ambassador about Joseph P Kennedy, the father of JFK.

Socially distanced Cameraman

Ensuring a safe distance from the audience, the Festival's cameraman gets ready for another evening event.

Dan Eatherley

Dan's award winning book Invasive Aliens - the plants and animals from over there that are over here is a unique history of plant and animal invaders of the British isles spanning thousands of years. 

Adele Parks

Lexi and Jake have a ticket worth £18 million, and their friends are determined to claim a share of it. Adele's, latest book Just My Luck is about greed, betrayal and the dark side of wealth following a lottery win so big that it changes everything.

S J Watson

Final Cut is bestselling author, S J Watson's latest psychological thriller.  Set in a sleepy seaside town, Blackwood Bay used to be a buzzing seaside destination.  An ordinary place, home to ordinary people - and home to an extraordinary secret.

Lucy Porter

Closing the Festival was the brilliant comedian Lucy Porter who brought her new stand-up show Be Prepared to our Drive-In Festival.  Lucy is regular guest on TV and radio shows such as Would I Lie to You, QI, Radio 4's News Quiz and The Now Show.

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