Paul Anthony Jones was born in South Shields in 1983. He is the author of four books: 'The British Isles: A Trivia Gazetteer' (2012); both 'Haggard Hawks & Paltry Poltroons' (2013) and its sequel, 'Jedburgh Justice & Kentish Fire' (2014); and language fact book 'Word Drops' (2015). 'Haggard Hawks' has since been featured in both The Guardian and The Huffington Post, and has spawned its own popular word-related Twitter account, @HaggardHawks, which was named one of Twitter's best language accounts by Mental Floss magazine in 2014. The daily word and language facts of the @HaggardHawks account inspired 'Word Drops: A Sprinkling of Linguistic Curiosities', published by Elliott & Thompson in April 2015.
Besides his interest in etymology and language, Paul is also a classically trained pianist. He lives in Jesmond in Newcastle upon Tyne, where he drinks far too much coffee and reads far, far too many books.
PRAISE FOR HAGGARD HAWKS & PALTRY POLTROONS:
One of the Best Language Books of 2013 - The Guardian
"A decadal triumph!' - Good Book Guide, 2013
"A fascinating treasure trove of linguistic facts" - lovereading.co.uk
"A really lovely book" - Susie Dent, Channel 4's Countdown
"For anyone interested in words and in the English language, this is a joy." - Writing Magazine