Jonathan Aitken

A Rollercoaster Ride…

Jonathan Aitken





Sunday 7 November, 2021

St Mary's Church, Petworth, GU28 0AD

3.00pm - 4.00pm

Adults £12 / 18 and under £5 / Online £5

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Journalist, Politician, Prisoner and Prison Chaplain, Jonathan Aitken’s colourful career has spanned the worlds of journalism, business, politics, prison and the church.

In the 1960s and 1970s he was a Fleet Street journalist specialising in writing Features, and a War Correspondent in Vietnam, Africa and the Middle East. In 1974 he was elected to Parliament, serving as MP for Thanet for 23 years. Jonathan was in the Cabinet as Chief Secretary to the Treasury and was previously Minister of State for Defence. In 1997 he served an eighteen-month prison sentence after pleading guilty to perjury. After his release he returned to Oxford University to study Theology. In 2018 he was ordained by the Bishop of London as an Anglican Priest and is now a Prison Chaplain at HMP Pentonville as well as an Assistant Minister at St Matthew’s Westminster.

The author of 18 books, including award-winning biographies of Richard Nixon and Margaret Thatcher, Jonathan will talk about a life that has not been short on incident.

On booking an online ticket via the Petworth Festival’s third-party booking site Ticketsolve (, you will be sent a link in your confirmation email which will take you to the online event. Events may either be watched ‘live’, as they happen, or from 24 hours after the event time in the brochure. Please note, it is not possible to pause or rewind events being watched live. Tickets are valid for one viewing only, either of the live streamed event or the recording. Events will be available to view online via the website until midnight on Sunday 28 November. Online viewing tickets may be purchased until this date.

All online events £45. The full Festival Online Pass is like a season ticket and can only be used by the holder. The full Festival Pass holder will receive a link which will take them to a page where they can view each individual online event once (either ‘live’ or recorded).