Jon Hotten

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Jon Hotten (born in Aldershot, Hampshire, 7 January 1965) is an English author and journalist. He is best known for the books Muscle: A Writer's Trip Through a Sport with No Boundaries (Random House 2004) and The Years of the Locust (Random House 2009). Muscle was described by Steven Poole in The Guardian as "Superb"[1] and by Giles Smith in The Times as "when it's not alarming, it's merely amazing".[2] The Years of the Locust was described as "standing proud in the tradition of great boxing writing" by Richard Bath in Scotland on Sunday.[3]

The Years of the Locust was optioned by Inflammable/Warp Films.[4][5]

In June 2015 he published a novel, My Life and the Beautiful Music (Jonathan Cape).[6]

Hotten was a contributor to Kerrang! magazine from 1987–92 and currently contributes to Classic Rock Magazine. He is the author of the popular cricket blog, The Old Batsman (since November 2008)[7] and since February 2013 a frequent contributor to The Cordon cricket blog at Cricinfo.[8] The Old Batsman also appears in The Guardian.[9] He is one of the co-writers, along with Sam Collins and Jarrod Kimber, of the 2015 cricket documentary Death Of A Gentleman.[10]

He plays on the Authors XI cricket team.[11]


  1. ^ Poole, Steven (4 December 2004). "Muscle: A Writer's Trip Through a Sport with No Boundaries". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 October 2011.
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  3. ^ Bath, Richard (7 March 2009). "Book review: The Years Of The Locust: A True Story Of Murder, Money And Mayhem In The Last Age Of Boxing, by Jon Hotten". The Scotsman. Retrieved 15 October 2011.
  4. ^ Roberts, Gareth. "Paddy Considine: Here Comes the Sun". Paddy Considine Official Website. Archived from the original on 15 March 2012. Retrieved 15 October 2011.
  5. ^ "The Years of the Locust - IMDb". IMDb.
  6. ^ "About us".
  7. ^ "The Old Batsman". Blogspot. Retrieved 14 February 2014.
  8. ^ "Jon Hotten Cricket Blogs". The Cordon. ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 14 February 2014.
  9. ^ "Sport: The old batsman". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 February 2014.
  10. ^ "Death of a Gentleman (2015) - IMDb". IMDb.
  11. ^ Authors Cricket Club (2013). The Authors XI: A Season of English Cricket from Hackney to Hambledon. London: Bloomsbury. ISBN 978-1-4088-4045-0.