See the past come to life at Althorp Literary Festival


Marina Amaral, Brazilian colourist of the bestselling book ‘The Colour of Time’, has
brought a personal touch to her appearance at the Althorp Literary Festival. In a
private commission for Charles Spencer, the current Earl, she has colourised a neverseen-
before photographic portrait of his late father, the 8th Earl Spencer.

The 8th Earl is seen in his uniform of the Scots Greys in 1945 and is wearing the cyphers
of George VI on his shoulders as his equerry. The original black and white portrait sits
on the desk of Lord Spencer’s study at Althorp.

Speaking of the portrait, Lord Spencer said, “I am delighted by what Marina Amaral
has achieved, turning my favourite black and white photograph of my father into a
really beautiful colour image. It’s a great pleasure to welcome Marina to this year’s
Literary Festival, and I know she and Dan Jones – one of the brightest and best
historians in the country – will be fantastic when interviewed together at Althorp.”

Marina Amaral and Dan Jones will be presenting their new book The Colour of Time
at the Althorp Literary Festival. The Colour of Time, which recently appeared in The
Times’ Top 10 Non-Fiction, features vividly colourised images that bring to life more
than a hundred years of world history from the reign of Queen Victoria and the US
Civil War to the Cuban Missile Crisis and the beginning of the Space Age.

The Festival, taking place from 5th to 7th October, is set to host over 30 highlyacclaimed
authors, writers, entrepreneurs and thought-leaders. With the return of
The Great British Bake Off, Althorp is proud to be hosting Prue Leith as she reminisces
about her all-time favourite recipes. Speakers also include one of Britain’s foremost
military historians, Dan Snow; esteemed writer of TV hit Downton Abbey, Julian
Fellowes; and one of the world’s best-loved authors, Alexander McCall Smith.

We are pleased to announce that joining radio director Marilyn Imrie will be the stars
of BBC Radio 4’s Rumpole: veteran actor Julian Rhind-Tutt of Bridget Jones’s Baby,
recently seen in the hit TV drama Britannia, along with film star Jasmine Hyde, known
for award-winning films including The Truth Commissioner and The Unseen. They will
be reading extracts from John Mortimer’s stories about one of literature’s most
brilliant legal minds.

Festival-goers can also enjoy a range of distinguished pop-up retail outlets, along
with a number of eateries offering delicious street food, sweet treats, curated gins,
fine wines and award-winning coffee. A collection of paintings by award winning
artist Christian Hook is being revealed at the Festival for the first time, along with
poetry readings, live music, and performances.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Althorp Literary Festival. Tickets are
available to buy online at Ticket prices: Tickets range
from £12.50 to £20.