James Humphreys (author)

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James Humphreys (born 1967) is a political analyst and author. He grew up in Cambridgeshire and studied Social History at Cambridge University.[1]

Civil service and political career[edit]

Humphreys worked as a civil servant, negotiating environmental legislation with the European Union and later becoming Head of Corporate Communications at the Prime Minister's Office.[1] He was Professor of Government at City University London from 2005 to 2009.[2]

He is a member of the Green Party and became chair of the party in 2008. He stood for election in Islington South and Finsbury in the General elections of 2005 and 2010 and for Islington Council also in 2010. He is an adviser to the Green Member of Parliament Caroline Lucas.

He works as a political consultant, for the firm Woodnewton,[2] and is a trustee of the Woodland Trust.[3]


Humphreys is the author[4] of Negotiating in the European Union: How to Make the Brussels Machine Work for You.[5]

Quite separately, Humphreys has pursued a career as writer of popular fiction. Starting with Sleeping Partner in 2000,[6] he received praise from Colin Dexter, who stated that the book was: "[a] splendid debut in crime fiction - more please, Mr Humphreys".[7]

Humphreys wrote Riptide in 2001,[8] which the Observer said to be "an accomplished, intriguing story".[9] In 2010, he published a book of ghost stories, called The Mincer and Other Stories[10] in order to raise funds for the Woodland Trust.[11]


  1. ^ a b LinkedIn profile
  2. ^ a b Woodnewton
  3. ^ Woodland Trust trustee page
  4. ^ Open Library page
  5. ^ James Humphreys (17 April 1997), Negotiating in the European Union (Negotiating in the European Union: How to Make the Brussels Machine Work for You ed.), London UK: Random House Business Books, ISBN 9780712677592, 0712677593 
  6. ^ James Humphreys (2000), Sleeping Partner, Macmillan, ISBN 9780333901076, OCLC 43879814, 033390107X 
  7. ^ Colin Dexter, quoted on Amazon page
  8. ^ James Humphreys (August 10, 2001), Riptide, Macmillan, ISBN 9780333901083, OCLC 46847213, 0333901088 
  9. ^ Observer, quoted on Amazon page
  10. ^ James Humphreys (31 Oct 2010), The Mincer and Other Stories, IndieBooks, ISBN 9781908041005, 1908041005 
  11. ^ Richard Sala's blog