Sam Leith

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Sam Leith
Born (1974-01-01) 1 January 1974 (age 41)
Paddington, London, England
Occupation Journalist, columnist, novelist
Alma mater Magdalen College, Oxford
Period 1996 to present

Sam Leith (born 1 January 1974 in Paddington, London[1]) is an English author, journalist and columnist.

After an education at Eton and Magdalen College, Oxford, Leith worked at the revived satirical magazine Punch, before moving to the Daily Mail and The Daily Telegraph,[2] where he served as literary editor until 2008. He now writes for several publications, including The Spectator, The Wall Street Journal Europe and The Guardian.[3] He has a regular column in the Monday Evening Standard.[4] and appears as a panellist on BBC2's The Review Show.[5] Leith has published three works of non-fiction, Dead Pets, Sod's Law and You Talkin' to Me?.[6] The Coincidence Engine,[7] his first novel, was published in April 2011.

Leith is the son of journalist Penny Junor and restaurateur James Leith.[8] He lives in London with fiancée Alice and their two children, Marlene and Max.


  • Dead Pets, 2005
  • Sod's Law, 2009
  • The Coincidence Engine, 2011
  • You Talkin' to Me?, 2011
  • Words Like Loaded Pistols: Rhetoric From Aristotle to Obama, 2012


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