Books will be on sale after each event from our book-selling partner West End Lane Books.

Tickets for the live in person events at The Henrietta Barnett School can be purchased below. 

  • Each live event ticket is £10, unreserved. Under 25s can attend for £7.50 per live event.

  • All events will be viewable online from  2 July. Individual recorded events are £5 each.  



  • Online Pass - An online pass is available to view all recorded events for £25, saving up to £20 if events purchased individually. 

  • Free Tea or Coffee and Cake - Buy tickets for 3 or more live in person LitFest events on Saturday or Sunday and get a free tea or coffee and cake in the LitFest Cafe. 

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26 June 2022


The Henrietta Barnett School
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Steve Richards
Steve Richards

The Prime Ministers We Never Had

Was Harold Wilson a bigger figure than Denis Healey?  Would David Miliband have become Prime Minister if it were not for brother Ed? How close did Jeremy Corbyn come to Number 10?

Journalist and commentator Steve Richards looks at 11 Prime Ministers we never had. He sheds new light on some of the most compelling characters in public life, examining what made each special and why they failed to achieve the final leap.

Besides regularly presenting Radio 4's The Week in Westminster and writing for The Guardian, The Independent and The Financial Times, Steve is best known for his now almost-legendary monthly political one-man show, Rock 'n' Roll Politics.

Former Downing Street Chief of Staff Nick Timothy says of Steve's latest book: “This is another insightful and entertaining work from one of the brightest and best British writers and broadcasters”.

Broadcaster Andrew Marr observes: “He is one of the shrewdest political commentators we have and is unusual in that he actually seems to like politicians”.

Ticket Options:


In Person Event - £10 - Ticket to attend the LitFest event at The Henrietta Barnett School. Public Sales open on 25 April.


View Event Recording - £5 - Ticket to view a recording of a single event. Recordings will be posted online on 2 July.


LitFest Pass - All Recordings - £25 -Ticket to view all 9 LitFest recordings to be posted online on 2 July, saving up to £20.