With one hundred and seventy talks, performances and workshops, festival goers will be in for a treat.

Speakers include Louis de Bernieres, Eastenders star Pam St Clement, Ben Fogle, Tracey Thorn and Princess Michael of Ken amomgst other critically acclaimed stars.

The literary extravaganza is due to take place at venues across the picturesque riverside town from September 28 to October 4 and tickets are expected to sell out fast.

Venues will include one of the UK’s oldest theatres and a boat on the Thames.

The historic Fawley Court which will open its doors to the public for the first time in 175 years for a special event with Downtown Abbey writer Jessica Fellowes.

Fiction events range from Before I Go To Sleep author SJ Watson, Deborah Moggach and Sex & The City creator Candace Bushnell to newer talents including Sunny Singh, Renee Knight, Gill Hornby and Vaseem Khan.

History will loom large as ever, including Stephen Church on Magna Carta, Peter Snow on Waterloo and Bonnie Greer on Rosa Parks.

Food-writers Ella Woodward and Celebrity Masterchef winner Lisa Faulkner will all be appearing at the festival, as will music stars Tracey Thorn and Dean Friedman

Panel events will discuss a variety of issues such as diversity in publishing, interfaith relationships and the coalition government.

Politicians past and present are also to descend on the Oxfordshire beauty spot, alongside sports figures, journalists, television personalities and comedians.

The Henley Literary Children’s Festival has doubled in size from 2014, with over 50 events.

Alice in Wonderland and Famous Fiveshows are set to entertain little ones as well as free storytelling events in the Festival’s town square marquee over the weekend.