John Ironmonger is the author of 'The Notable Brain of Maximilian Ponder', 'The Coincidence Authority', and 'Not Forgetting the Whale.'
John was born in Nairobi, Kenya. At the age of thirteen he was dispatched to boarding school in England (St Lawrence College in Ramsgate). He studied Zoology at Nottingham University, and went on to complete a PhD degree at Liverpool studying freshwater leeches and flatworms. This led to a period lecturing at a new University in Nigeria (the University of Ilorin).
John married Sue Newnes in 1975, and they have two children - Zoe, and Jon and a granddaughter - Amalie.
In 1994, while Sue was serving on the Council of Chester Zoo, John wrote 'The Good Zoo Guide,' a guide to all of the UK's zoos and animal parks, which was published by Harper Collins.
John has worked in the IT industry since the 80s, and travelled widely, spending time in America, Europe, and the Middle East.
In 2007, John and a friend, Mike Taylor, drove a thirty year old Renault 5 across Europe and the Sahara in the annual Plymouth to Banjul banger rally - an adventure through eight countries and across three hundred miles of sand. Their trip raised almost £10,000 for an orphanage project in West Africa.
The Notable Brain of Maximilian Ponder came third in the Guardian newspaper's 'Not the Booker Prize,' and was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award.
The Coincidence Authority (published as 'Coincidence' in the USA) was World Book Night's 'Book of the Month' in September 2013, 'The Bookseller's' Book of the Month for Oct 2014, and Waterstone's Book of the Week in Sept 2014. It was released in Feb 2014 as a mass market paperback and Audio Book by Harper Collins in the USA,' and as 'Le Genie des Coincidences' in France where it earned a full page review in 'Le Monde.' It is shortlisted for Le Prix de Lecteurs at Litteratures Europeenes 2015. The German translation, 'Das Zufallige Leben der Azalea Lewis,' is out in hardback.
John's third novel, 'Not Forgetting the Whale' launched in February 2015 and will be a mass market paperback from 12 September 2015.
In September 2012, John and Sue made a 'heart-of-darkness' trip to the Ujung Kulon national park in Indonesia and became possibly the only living Britons ever to see a Javan rhino and her calf. They are still smug about this.
You can keep in touch with John on his occasional blog: http://notablebrain.blogspot.com/