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Festival celebrates women novelists

Festival celebrates women novelists

Elif ShafakThis year’s festival marks a glorious celebration of some of today’s most extraordinary (and popular) female novelists, writes Lucy Atkins.

The talented authors coming to Oxford include literary giant Hilary Mantel (1 April) and bestselling Turkish novelist Elif Shafak (31 March), pictured right.

We also have the beloved Victoria Hislop, who will open up about her latest book, Cartes Postales from Greece (31 March), and Louise Doughty, talking about both her new novel, Black Water, and her previous psychological thriller, Apple Tree Yard, a recent gripping – and controversial – BBC Sunday night drama (2 April).

Sarah PerryHistorical novelist Sarah Perry, pictured left, will discuss her brilliant work The Essex Serpent, which beat Harry Potter to become Waterstones’ book of the year (29 March), and Joanna Cannon will tell us what it’s like to pen a bestselling debut after her captivating The Trouble with Goats and Sheep became a runaway success (25 March).

Elsewhere, we have the famous We Need to Talk about Kevin author, Lionel Shriver; a ‘live show’ from acclaimed Chocolat author Joanne Harris; and Naomi Alderman discussing her stunning feminist dystopian novel, The Power

This year’s festival is probably the best ever for fiction lovers. Tickets for these events are on sale now – and they’re going fast.

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FT Weekend Title partner BBC World Service International radio partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner University of Oxford New College Jewish Book Week Partner of Jewish programme Italian Embassy Supporter of Italian programme Irish Embassy, London Supporters of the Irish programme MIT Press MIT Press. Sponsors of the programme of American literature and culture The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller Princeton University Press British Academy Festival academic partner Ian and Carol Sellars Emily Rose and James Marrow Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture George Warren Mary and Cecil Quillen Worcester College Worcester College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Hilda’s College 11th St Hilda's day at the festival St Cross College St Cross College The Feathers Hotel Woodstock Macdonald Bear Hotel Woodstock Critchleys Felicity Bryan Associates Conference Oxford Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Said Business School Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner The Oxford Times Regional media partner Oxford Brookes University Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Floris of London City Audio Visual Schoolreaders The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine History of War All About History Glyndebourne Chamberlain Evans Estate agents Ironbridge Gorge Museums Foodbuy Chêne Bleu Frescobaldi Toscana Wines of Tuscany Symington Wines of the Douro Valley Sloane Club Steer Oxford Botanic Garden Cinnamon Kitchen Compassion in World Farming The Wild Geese