Now in its 11th year, the Appledore Book Festival starts on Friday with a line-up including Jeremy Paxman, Ian Rankin, Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards, Ann Cleeves and more.

Appledore Book Festival kicks off on Friday with a whole host of big names heading to the fishing village.

Now in its 11th year, the festival line-up includes Jeremy Paxman, Ian Rankin, Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards and Ann Cleeves.

Dan Sefton, who supplements his work as a doctor in the busy accident and emergency department of Taunton Hospital by writing and producing medical dramas for TV, will be speaking on Sunday.

His series Trust Me follows his creation The Good Karma Hospital and Delicious while, among others, he has also written for Casualty and Holby City.

Declan Murphy with Ami Rao.Declan Murphy with Ami Rao.

Danwill appear at the festival in conversation with best-selling author Veronica Henry on Sunday. He said: "I've never been to the festival before but have heard great things about it. I've spent a bit of time in North Devon - including a sponsored walk along the coast path from Woolacombe to Lynton - so know it quite well."

The problems of the real world are reflected in several events among this year's diverse line-up.

Jockey Declan Murphy, for example, was read the last rites after falling at Haydock Park and shattering his skull in 12 places.

Miraculously, he survived and was later persuaded to tell his extraordinary tale by writer Ami Rao in the book Centaur. Declan and Ami will appear on Friday, September 29.

Barney Hoskyns is also very aware of life and death situations after being in the grip of heroin addiction.

The talented music-writer and broadcaster, now free from his drug nightmare, talks about his book A Way Through Addiction with another leading music-writer Richard Havers on Sunday.

Once again the festival is gearing up for an influx of visitors and festival director Michelle Tompkins said: "Many famous faces including Jeremy Vine, Jeremy Paxman and Ian Rankin will be in Appledore enjoying the beautiful views and warm hospitality from Friday until September 30 as they join us to entertain and inspire our local community.

"We have sold more tickets this year than ever before and are expecting nearly 6,000 visitors to the village throughout the Festival week."

The full line-up and tickets can be found at appledorebookfestival.co.uk.