John Crace (writer)

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John Crace
Born (1956-10-09) 9 October 1956 (age 67)
EducationEton College
Alma materUniversity of Exeter
Occupation(s)Journalist, critic, parliamentary sketch writer
EmployerThe Guardian

John Crace (/ˈkrs/ KRAYSS; born 9 October 1956)[1] is a British journalist and critic. He attended Exeter University.[2] Crace is the parliamentary sketch writer for The Guardian, having replaced the late Simon Hoggart in 2014,[3] and previously also wrote the paper's "Digested Read" column. He is a supporter of Tottenham Hotspur F.C. and has written several books on the club. He blogs for ESPN FC on Tottenham.[4] According to his columns, he is an enthusiastic collector of ceramic pots.[5]

Writing in 2019, Crace described his "cold turkey" rehabilitation from heroin addiction 32 years previously.[6][7]

In July 2019 The Guardian retracted statements by Crace implying that journalist Isabel Oakeshott had obtained confidential files by sleeping with Nigel Farage and Arron Banks. His article included the claim that Oakeshott only got confidential emails if Farage and Banks "slips it to her". Following the threat of legal action by Oakeshott, the text was amended to: "leave it conveniently tucked under her pillow". This second revision was then removed, with the final version stating: "if he or Arron Banks leave it conveniently to one side for her". Oakeshott stated: "It gives me great pleasure to teach ⁦John Crace⁩ and The ⁦Guardian a little lesson about casually slurring women whose politics they dislike".[8]


  • Wasim and Waqar: Imran's Inheritors (1992)
  • The Digested Read (2005)
  • Vertigo: Spurs, Bale and One Fan's Fear of Success (2011)
  • Brideshead Abbreviated: The Digested Read of the Twentieth Century (2012)
  • Harry's Games: Inside the Mind of Harry Redknapp (2013)
  • The Digested Twenty-first Century (2014)
  • I, Maybot: The Rise and Fall. Guardian Faber Publishing. 2 November 2017. ISBN 978-1783351435.
  • Decline and Fail: Read in Case of Political Apocalypse. Guardian Faber Publishing. 2019. ISBN 978-1783351930.
  • A Farewell to Calm. Guardian Faber. 2021. ISBN 978-1783352449.
  • Depraved New World: Please Hold, the Government Will Be With You Shortly. Guardian Faber Publishing. 2023. ISBN 9781783352739[9]


  1. ^ "On Brexit, I was out of time and out of ideas. But elsewhere in life? Hopefully not". The Guardian. London. 11 October 2019. Retrieved 11 October 2019.
  2. ^ "How the experience of being at university has changed". The Guardian. London. 20 October 2009. Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  3. ^ "John Crace – Profile". The Guardian. London. 6 November 2014. Retrieved 6 November 2014.
  4. ^ "Tottenham Hotspur Blog – ESPN FC". ESPN FC. 6 November 2014. Retrieved 6 November 2014.
  5. ^ Crace, John (16 October 2020). "Digested week: stocking up on ceramics and cramming in dinner parties ahead of London tier 2". The Guardian.
  6. ^ Crace, John (15 February 2019). "And the award for most incompetent minister goes to …". The Guardian.
  7. ^ Crace, John (25 March 2019). "How I overcame my heroin addiction – and started to live". The Guardian.
  8. ^ Mayhew, Freddy (22 June 2019). "Guardian apologises to Isabel Oakeshott over 'fictitious' comment in cables leak sketch". Press Gazette.
  9. ^ Depraved New World: Please Hold, the Government Will Be With You Shortly. Guardian Faber Publishing. 2023. ISBN 9781783352739.

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