Simon Garfield

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Simon Frank Garfield (born 19 March 1960)[1] is a British journalist and non-fiction author. He was educated at the independent University College School in Hampstead, London, and the London School of Economics, where he was executive editor of The Beaver.

Biography[edit]

Garfield was born in London in 1960.[2] He won the Guardian/NUS 'Student Journalist of the Year' award In 1981, and the same year he became a sub-editor at the Radio Times.[1] He wrote scripts for BBC radio documentaries in the early 1980s.[1] He also wrote for Time Out magazine, acting as editor from 1988 to 1989.[1] He has written for newspapers such as The Independent, the Independent on Sunday, and The Observer, and was named Mind Journalist of the Year in 2005.[1]

He is the author of several books including Expensive Habits: The Dark Side of the Industry, the Somerset Maugham Prize-winning The End of Innocence: Britain in the Time of AIDS, The Wrestling, The Nation's Favourite: The True Adventures of Radio 1, and Mauve.[2]

In 2010 his book Just My Type was published, exploring the history of typographic fonts.[3][4]

Garfield appeared on the February 25, 2013 episode of The Colbert Report to discuss why he wrote On the Map.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Expensive Habits: The Dark Side of the Music Industry (Faber and Faber, London, 1986)
  • The End of Innocence: Britain in the Time of AIDS (1994)
  • The Nation's Favourite: The True Adventures of Radio One (1998) - (account of turmoil at BBC radio station)
  • Mauve: How One Man Invented a Color That Changed the World (2000) - (Victorian chemist William Perkin and his development of synthetic dyes), W. W. Norton & Company, ISBN 0-393-02005-3
  • The Last Journey of William Huskisson (2002) - (pioneering development of steam railways in Britain)
  • Our Hidden Lives: The Everyday Diaries of a Forgotten Britain (2004) - (interwoven threads from five diaries from post-World War II Britain)
  • We are at War: The Remarkable Diaries of Five Ordinary People (2005) - (interwoven accounts from five diaries from the period preceding World War II)
  • Private Battles: Our Intimate Diaries - How the War Almost Defeated Us (2006) - (interwoven accounts from four diaries of ordinary Britains living through World War II)
  • The Error World: An Affair With Stamps (2008) - (memoir of the author's stamp collecting obsession)
  • The Wrestling - (British wrestling and its eccentric performers and fans)
  • Exposure: The Unusual Life and Violent Death of Bob Carlos Clarke (2009) - (Irish photographer and suicide)
  • Mini: The True and Secret History of the Making of a Motor Car (2009)
  • Just My Type: A Book About Fonts (Profile Books Ltd, 2010)
  • On the Map: Why the World Looks the Way it Does (Profile Books Ltd, 2012)
  • To the Letter: A Curious History of Correspondence - A Celebration of the Lost Art of Letter Writing

He also regularly writes for The Observer newspaper. He was among the clients of Pat Kavanagh at United Agents.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Simon Garfield, Esq", Debrett's, retrieved 2011-07-06
  2. ^ a b "Simon Garfield", Faber & Faber, retrieved 2011-07-06
  3. ^ Gompertz, Will (2010) "Gomp/arts: Simon Garfield: A man of letters", BBC, 18 October 2010, retrieved 2011-07-06
  4. ^ Glancey, Jonathan (2010) "Just My Type by Simon Garfield and Manuale Tipographico by Giambattista Bodoni – review", The Guardian, 4 December 2010, retrieved 2011-07-06

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