Simon Garfield was born in London in 1960. He is the author of an appealingly diverse and unpredictable canon of non-fiction, including Mauve, The Nation's Favourite, The End of Innocence and The Wrestling, and has edited three popular collections of diaries from the Mass Observation Archive.
His quirky history of fonts, Just My Type, turned out to be a hit, which reassured him that he was not alone in his passions. His book On The Map was also an international bestseller, while his book To The Letter was one of the inspirations for the Letters Live theatrical events. My Dear Bessie was turned into a play starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Louise Brealey.
His latest book is A Notable Woman: The Romantic Journals of Jean Lucey Pratt. This is an edited collection of one woman's remarkable 60-year diary, beginning in 1925 when she was 15 and ending a few week before her death in 1986. Jean lived in Wembley, Hampstead and Burnham Beeches, and she wrote lyrically, comically and honestly about her world and her friends. She trained as a journalist and an architect, and ran a bookshop for 20 years. She was unmarried, but writes with great hope and ultimate disappointment about the men she had known. Jean wrote well over a million words, and A Notable Woman, which contains about a quarter of her output, fulfils a long-standing dream of hers that her writing would one day make it into print.
Garfield also enjoys Hampstead Heath, cycling, globe-spinning by Presuming Ed, and writing by Tracy Kidder, Nicholson Baker, Olivia Laing, The National, Dylan, Kanye, Costello and Tracey Thorn.