Chiswick Book Festival: Clare Balding on Isle of Dogs at Chiswick House

We’re delighted to be hosting the the keynote speaker of this year’s Chiswick Book Festival, Clare Balding.

National (and local) treasure, dog lover and best-selling author and broadcaster Clare Balding will speak about her latest book, Isle of Dogs: A Canine Adventure Through Britain, at this year’s Chiswick Book Festival. The book explores how Britain has been shaped by its dogs across the centuries, taking a look at the many remarkable roles that dogs perform in our lives – from rescuing missing people to detecting bombs – and discussing the characteristics of some of our best-loved breeds.

In this fascinating adventure across Britain, from Battersea to the Orkney Islands via Buckingham Palace, Clare also examines the history of how dogs became such an intrinsic part of our lives, in a moving and humorous tale of loyalty and partnership.

Xanthe Arvanitakis, Director of Chiswick House & Gardens Trust says:

It’s always a delight to welcome local book lovers to Chiswick House & Gardens for the Chiswick Book Festival, and 2024 will be no different. The literary festival is part of a lively programme of events at Chiswick House & Gardens Trust that aims to provide something for everyone, no matter their interests. As a charity that is 75% supporter funded we exist because of and for our community, and hosting the festival is part of our commitment to being a place and space that people enjoy all year round.

Torin Douglas, Director of the Chiswick Book Festival, says:

The Festival’s Chiswick House evening is always a highlight for book lovers in west London but the combination of Clare Balding and Isle of Dogs at the home of the Chiswick House Dog Show is hard to beat.


Thursday 12 September 2024; 7pm-8pm


Chiswick House and Gardens: Garden Pavilion


Tickets to this event are £15.00 each and are on sale here (follow link to purchase).

The 16th Chiswick Book Festival will take place from 11- 18 September 2024. For programme details and updates, visit the festival’s web site.

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Thursday 12 September 2024 @ 07:00 PM to
Thursday 12 September 2024 @ 08:00 PM


Chiswick House and Gardens; Garden Pavilion

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