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A wide range of authors, comedians, politicians, historians and journalists have been revealed in the line up for the Althorp Literary Festival.

The festival runs from June 12 to 14 and BBC Radio 4 will be broadcasting Any Questions on the festival’s second day.

Althorp House, home to the literary festival

Althorp House, home to the literary festival

Current mayor of London Boris Johnson, Newnsight presenter Jeremy Paxman, comedian Julian Clary and journalist Kate Adie are among 28 authors appearing at the stately home.

Appearing on Friday will be Julian Clary, the accomplished author of a number of acclaimed works of fiction.

He also performed on Strictly Come Dancing in 2004 and is a regular on Radio 4 panel show Just A Minute.

He will talk candidly about his life and work.

Boris Johnson will be interviewed on the Saturday about his literary tastes.

He has worked as a journalist, editing The Spectator, and was the MP for Henley from 2001 to 2008.

In 2011 he published Johnson’s Life of London, a celebration of some of the people – from Roman times to the present day – who have given London its vibrancy and character.

Also appearing on the Saturday is award-winning journalist and Newsnight presenter Jeremy Paxman, talking about his novel Great Britain’s Great War.

He goes beneath the myths to present a moving and often surprising history that reveals the real British experience of WWI.

Using a wealth of first-hand source material, Paxman brings vividly to life the day-to-day experience of the British over the entire course of the war, from politicians, newspapermen, campaigners and generals, to ‘Tommies’, factory-workers, nurses and children.

Charles Spencer will present an exclusive preview of his new history book, Killers of the King, ahead of its release by Bloomsbury in September. In January 1649 the King of England, Charles I, was executed, having been sentenced to death by a tribunal of mainly military men. In a tale of revenge and terror, Charles Spencer explores what happened when the Restoration arrived and retribution was brought against those who prosecuted, condemned, or oversaw the execution of the king. He appears on the Saturday.

Also appearing on the festival’s final day is best selling author Kate Adie.

The author and award-winning former BBC chief news correspondent presents the First World War through the eyes of women.

Unearthing the ground-breaking move towards equal rights between women and men that began in WWI, Adie explores what these women of the Home Front achieved for future generations.

A vivid, compelling account of the legacy of the pioneering women who left their domestic roles for the first time to join the Land Army, work in the munitions factories or join the police force, Adie reveals how they helped to win the war and to permanently change the place of women in British society.

Now in its 11th year, tickets for all of the talks at the festival are now on sale.

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