Non Fiction

Welcome to the non-fiction area of the LoveReading Litfest where we keep all our events that concentrate on works of non-fiction.

As we build our library, here’s where you’ll find all our events that explore works of history, philosophy, politics, science and much more besides.


Rev. Richard Coles author of

The Madness of Grief

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Rev Richard Coles

Reverend Richard Coles is co-presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live and is regularly seen as a guest panelist on shows such as Would I Lie To You?, Have I Got News For You and QI.


Often described as Britain’s most famous vicar, Richard was the inspiration for the main character in the BBC hit comedy Rev, a programme for which he also served as consultant.


In the summer of 2016 he indulged a passion for fine cuisine by taking part in the BBC’s prime-time programme Celebrity Masterchef.


In 2017 Richard returned to our screens co-hosting BBC’s The Big Painting Challenge, alongside Mariella Frostrup.


In August 2017 he was the fifth celebrity announced for the line-up of Strictly Come Dancing.


He was partnered with Australian dancer, Dianne Buswell.

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Michela Wrong

author of

Do Not Disturb

Michela Wrong

Half-Italian, half-British, Michela Wrong grew up in London.


She took a degree in Philosophy and Social Sciences at Jesus College, Cambridge and a diploma in journalism at Cardiff.

She joined Reuters news agency in the early 1980s and was posted as a foreign correspondent to Italy, France and Ivory Coast.

She became a freelance journalist in 1994, when she moved to then-Zaire and found herself covering both the genocide in Rwanda and the final days of dictator Mobutu Sese Seko for the BBC and Reuters.


She later moved to Kenya, where she spent four years covering east, west and central Africa for the Financial Times newspaper.

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Joanne Harris

In the first of a two parter, Joanne shares some of her wisdom gleaned from many years of writing. Typical of her generosity, she talks to Paul about how we can be the best writer, produce work worthy of publication and enjoy it at the same time!

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Jessica Moxham

Jessica Moxham thought she was prepared for the experience of motherhood. Armed with advice from friends and family, parenting books and antenatal classes, she felt ready.

After giving birth, she found herself facing a different, more uncertain reality. Her son, Ben, was fighting to stay alive. When Jessica could finally take him home from hospital, the challenges were far from over.

In this hopeful memoir, Jessica shares her journey in raising Ben. His disability means he will never be able to move or communicate without assistance. Jessica has to learn how to feed Ben when he can’t eat, wrestle with red tape to secure his education and defend his basic rights in the face of discrimination. As Ben begins to thrive, alongside his two younger siblings, Jessica finds that caring for a child with unique needs teaches her about appreciating difference and doing things your own way.

This uplifting story is about the power of family love, finding inner strength and, above all, hope.

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David Baddiel

We are delighted to welcome Julia and David to our LoveReading LitFest studio to discuss some of the issues that led him to pen his ‘mercifully short polemic’, as he describes it, Jews Don’t Count; a call to start the complex conversations that really do need to be had.

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