Best sellers! The best authors at the Yeovil Lit Fest
There's a stonking line-up of authors at the Yeovil Literary Festival later this month. Before you book, check out our top 5 picks.
You didn’t know there was a Yeovil Lit Fest? You do now – and it’s in its fifth year, no less. Over 50 famous people will be coming to town to talk about their books and lives. Need a little steer on who to see ? Well, it’s funny you should say that. Here’s our Top 5 festival picks.
Jo Brand, Fri 26 Oct
What it’s like to be a woman in Britain today – compare notes with one of the UK’s funniest women, former psychiatric nurse and working mother of two, who was Born Lippy (the title of her new book). Met her in the ladies’ loo in a North London pub about 20 years ago. Sure she’ll remember me.
Gregg Wallace, Sat 27 Oct
Former Covent Garden fruit and veg man with a sweet tooth turned MasterChef judge and Inside the Factory and Eat Well for Less presenter will be telling behind-the-scenes tales, doing demos and inviting questions from the audience. Come prepared with a list.
Alan Johnson, Sun 28 Oct
He thought he’d have a career in a band until he joined the Post Office, the trade unions and then went into politics, and went on to became Home Secretary. Music has always been the backdrop to his life. In In my life – a music memoir, he covers Dylan to the Beatles, dansettes to jukeboxes and if it’s anywhere near as good as his first autobiography (This boy – read it!), this should be unmissable.
Baroness Floella Benjamin, Sun 28 Oct
You might remember her with Big Ted and Humpty in Play School and Play Away but since then she’s been chair of BAFTA and Women of the Year, has done so much to make the world a better for kids that she’s been made an OBE and given the title of Baroness. She’s Chancellor of Exeter University. The honours go on and on. Oh and she runs marathons. In her book Coming to England, the superwoman tells how the story began when she left Trinidad and arrived in a cold, unwelcoming UK in 1960.
Ruby Wax, Mon 29 Oct
Spear carrier with the RSC, comedy writer and performer, editor of Ab Fab and best-selling author with a Master’s degree in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy from Oxford University. Ruby’s in town in the company of a monk (Gelong Thubten) and a neuroscientist (Ash Ranpura), to answer any question that’s ever crossed your mind about evolution, thoughts, emotions, the body, addictions, relationships, sex, kids, the future and compassion.
WIN FREE TICKETS!
We’ve got two pairs of tickets to give away: one pair to see Ruby Wax and the other to see Gregg Wallace. Want to go into the draw? Just write RUBY or GREGG in the comments box below, or pop yourselves over to our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages to see the prize draw there. We’ll be picking two names on Thurs 18 Oct.