Barnes BookFest 2024

2024 Festival Event

Tom Baldwin

Tom Baldwin – ‘Keir Starmer: The Biography’

Tom Baldwin discusses his biography of the enigmatic leader of the Labour Party with journalist Philip Collins. Tom’s research included conversations with Sir Keir Starmer himself and unprecedented access to family, friends and colleagues. The biography is a compelling account of Starmer’s emergence from a small town background to his legal career as a human rights lawyer and Director of Public Prosecutions. It traces Starmer’s decision to enter politics relatively late in life and how he rose to become the leader of his party.

Tom Baldwin - Keir Starmer The Biography

Philip Collins writes for the New Statesman and the Evening Standard. He was a political speechwriter for PM Tony Blair from 2004- 2007.

Philip Collins
Tickets cost £18 or £12. There is a 25% saving on all festival books pre-ordered with event tickets.

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Madhumita Murgia discusses the impact of powerful and often exploitative technologies on everyday life with Bloomberg technology columnist, Parmy Olson.
Podcaster, broadcaster, writer and performer Gyles Brandreth meets his friend, the actor and poet Leigh Lawson, to celebrate the power of poetry and the importance of positivity.
Annie Garthwaite discusses Cecily Neville - mother of Edward IV and Richard III - the Wars of the Roses and the four women who shaped the progress and outcome of these most savage wars.
Lord Patten’s account of his time as the last Governor of Hong Kong gives unprecedented insights into negotiating with the Chinese, he discusses what has happened since the 1997 handover.
Political historian Sir Vernon Bogdanor considers six post-war politicians who each had an extraordinary impact on our country, despite never becoming prime minister.
The highly acclaimed biographer Sue Prideaux discusses her latest book – a vital re-examination of the trail blazing and controversial artist, Paul Gauguin.
Internationally bestselling novelist Abi Daré talks about her latest novel 'And So I Roar' which continues the story of Adunni, a young runaway in Nigeria who seeks a better future.
Possibly England’s greatest batsman, the former captain of the England cricket team talks with sports presenter Eleanor Olyroyd about all things cricket and beyond.

2024 Festival Schedule

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The festival programme and schedule are also available to download here as a PDF.
A printed booklet containing the same information is available at the Barnes Bookshop, 98 Church Road.