Jonathan Smith (novelist)
|Born||1942 (age 72–73)
|Occupation||Novelist, writer, teacher|
Jonathan Smith (born 1942) is an English novelist, writer and teacher. A career English teacher, he is best known for his novels and has written numerous radio plays.
Early life and education
Smith took up his first teaching job at Loretto School near Edinburgh in Scotland. After a brief stint at Melbourne Grammar School in Australia, he taught at Tonbridge School for the rest of his career and was head of English for 17 years. He published several novels during his teaching career before retiring in 2003 to concentrate on writing. His former pupils at Tonbridge include musician Kit Hesketh-Harvey, novelist Vikram Seth and actor Dan Stevens.
His first novel Wilfred and Eileen was adapted into a BBC short feature. He also wrote the screenplay for the film adaptation of Summer in February, starring Dominic Cooper, Emily Browning and Dan Stevens, which was released in June 2013.
- Wilfred and Eileen (1976)
- The English Lover (1977)
- In Flight (1980)
- Come Back (1985)
- Summer in February. Abacus (1996). ISBN 978-0349107462
- Night Windows. Abacus (2004). ISBN 978-0349115313
- The Learning Game: A Teacher's Inspirational Story. Abacus (2002). ISBN 978-0349113883
- The Following Game. Peridot Press (2011). ISBN 978-1-908095-01-5
- "The score so far". Times Educational Supplement. 11 May 2008.
- "The best teachers will always bowl you over". The Guardian. 19 June 2011.
- "Dan Stevens: My Best Teacher". Times Educational Supplement. 23 September 2011.
- "Jonathan Smith's book on following his son Ed will resonate with every cricketing parent". Daily Telegraph. 26 July 2011.
- "British Films Directory: Summer in February". British Council.
- "Paperback of the week: Night Windows by Jonathan Smith". The Guardian. 24 July 2005.
- "Big head, small heart". Daily Telegraph. 24 October 2004.