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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25 June 2022


The Henrietta Barnett School
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Victoria Glendinning
Victoria Glendinning

Family Business

Julia Somerville

A warm and colourful look at the family behind the iconic John Lewis brand. Victoria tells of bitter battles between generations, the passionate drive to involve workers as business partners and how the high street has evolved since the original John Lewis began work as a 14-year-old.

Orphaned at seven and raised by an aunt, he worked as an apprentice to a draper, saving furiously to open his first small shop.

It's an inspiring tale and, with the future of the high street looking increasingly uncertain, Victoria's book explores what new direction John Lewis must take if it is to survive.

The biographer and novelist's previous works include books on Anthony Trollope, Vita Sackville West, Leonard Woolf, Jonathan Swift, Rebecca West and Edith Sitwell.

She is in conversation with TV news reader and reporter Julia Somerville, a presenter of BBC consumer programme Rip Off Britain and a former head of the advisory committee on the Government Art Collection. 

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.