Writers on history and politics include Peter and Dan Snow and former politician and ex BBC Trust Chairman Lord Patten of Barnes. Celebrity autobiographers number Tim Rice and Peter Bowles and novelists include Gyles Brandreth and Daisy Waugh. Barnes is also a haven for poets with two of the country’s best and most well known poets, Roger McGough and David Harsent being long-time residents.

Perhaps the area where Barnes writers stand out most is in children’s books with authors including  Judith Kerr (The Tiger Who Came to Tea),  Jan Pienkowski (Meg and Mog), Andy Ellis (When Lulu Went to the Zoo), Marcia Williams (Lizzy Bennett’s Diary) and Patricia Elliot (The Pale Assassin).