Harry Mount

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Harry Mount
Born Henry Francis Mount
1971 (age 46–47)
Lambeth, London, England
Residence Kentish Town, London, England
Education North Bridge House School
Westminster School
Alma mater Magdalen College, Oxford
Courtauld Institute
Occupation Journalist, author
Parent(s) Ferdinand Mount
Relatives David Cameron (second cousin)

Henry Francis Mount (born 1971)[1] is a British author and journalist, who since 2017 has been editor of The Oldie and is a frequent contributor to the Daily Mail,[2] as well as the Daily Telegraph.[3].

Early life[edit]

Harry Mount was born in 1971. His father Sir Ferdinand Mount, Bt, FRSL, is also a journalist, and was an advisor to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. One of his second cousins is the former British Prime Minister, David Cameron.

Mount was educated at the North Bridge House School in London, followed by Westminster School and then went up to Magdalen College, University of Oxford, where he read Ancient and Modern History; he graduated with a First.[4] At Oxford he was a member of the Bullingdon Club.[5]

Mount pursued postgraduate studies in Architectural History at the Courtauld Institute receiving an additional MA degree; he then qualified as a barrister, but failed to secure a tenancy in chambers following his pupillage.[6]


Mount worked as a leader writer and a New York correspondent for the Daily Telegraph.[citation needed]

He attracted some mild comment in 2004 for refusing to review David Mitchell's widely acclaimed Cloud Atlas for The Sunday Telegraph because he could not finish it, finding it "unreadable."[7]

Personal life[edit]

Mount resides in Kentish Town, north London.[citation needed]


Mount is the author of several books:

  • My Brief Career, an account of his pupillage at a barristers' chambers.
  • Amo, Amas, Amat ... and All That, published by Hyperion in 2007, was a best-selling popular reference on the Latin language whose title harks back to Sellar and Yeatman's 1066 and All That. Dedicated to his brother (William) and sister (Mary), the book introduced the basics of Latin grammar and combined his own personal memories, Latin references in popular culture, and stories about ancient Rome. In it, he reveals his prep school nickname of "Mons" (Mons, montis m. mountain). Published in the United States as Carpe Diem: Put a Little Latin in Your Life.
  • A Lust for Window Sills, a popular guide to British architecture.
  • How England Made the English - from Hedgerows to Heathrow, a book about the English character and landscape. Published in May 2012 by Viking.

In June 2013, Bloomsbury published The Wit and Wisdom of Boris Johnson, edited and introduced by Mount.

Mount also edited a collection of Auberon Waugh's journalism entitled Closing the Circle.

In July 2015, he published his latest book, Harry's Mount's Odyssey: Ancient Greece in the Footsteps of Odysseus [1](Bloomsbury).

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 28 February 2017. 
  2. ^ Mount, Harry. "Contributions". Daily Mail. London. Retrieved 30 December 2012. 
  3. ^ www.telegraph.co.uk
  4. ^ "Drunken hellraising for the super-rich", The Times, 21 October 2008
  5. ^ Lauren Collins, "Young Fogy", The New Yorker, 10 December 2007
  6. ^ The Lawyer
  7. ^ "Literary life". The Daily Telegraph. London. 9 March 2004. 

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