Jonathan Fenby

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Jonathan Fenby, CBE (born 11 November 1942) is a founding partner and Managing Director of the China team at Trusted Sources,[1] an emerging markets research and consultancy firm headquartered in London. His investment and strategy research is focused towards China's policy interpretation, politics and broader political economy.[2] He is also an author and journalist.[3]


Fenby was educated at King Edward VI School, Birmingham and at Westminster School, an independent school for boys in central London, followed by New College at the University of Oxford.[4]

Life and career[edit]

Fenby joined Reuters in 1963, becoming editor in 1973 and remained there until 1977, becoming the Paris bureau chief for five years. He became chief correspondent for The Economist in both Paris and Bonn (1981–6) and wrote three books during that period. He then became home editor of The Independent (at launch 1986–8), and then deputy editor of The Guardian (1988–93), followed by the editorship of The Observer from 1993 to 1995[4] and then of the South China Morning Post from 1995 to 2000,[citation needed] during the return of Hong Kong to Chinese sovereignty.

Since returning to London from Hong Kong in 2000, Fenby has worked at various on-line services,[which?] and as associate editor of the newspaper Sunday Business.[citation needed] Between 1998 and 2008, he published ten books, five on China and others on the Second World War and France. He contributes to publications[which?] in the UK, US and Far East and broadcasts,[5] as well as speaking at conferences and lecturing at universities and public forums on China.[citation needed]

Fenby was appointed a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2000 New Year Honours List for services to journalism,[citation needed] and was appointed a Knight of the French National Order of Merit in 1991,[citation needed] and then of the French Légion d'honneur.[citation needed] He is on the advisory board of OMFIF where he is regularly involved in meetings regarding the financial and monetary system.[citation needed] He is an Associate Fellow of the London School of Economics (LSE),[citation needed] the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS),[citation needed] and the Royal Institute of International Events (Chatham House).[citation needed]


  • The History of Modern France, Simon & Schuster, 2015. ISBN 1471129292
  • "The siege of Tsingtao", Penguin eBook, 2014, ASIN B00IP090L2
  • "Will China Dominate the 21st Century?", Polity, 2014 ISBN 978-0745679266
  • "France on the Brink", Arcade, 2014 ISBN 978-1559704885
  • Tiger Head, Snake Tails: China today, how it got there and where it is heading, Simon & Schuster, 2012. ISBN 9781847373939
  • The History of Modern China: The Fall and Rise of a Great Power, Penguin Press and Harper Collins, 2008. ISBN 978-0-7139-9832-0
  • Dealing with the Dragon: A Year in the New Hong Kong, Arcade Publishing, 2001. ISBN 978-1-55970-559-2
  • The Seventy Wonders of China, Thames & Hudson, 2007. ISBN 9780500251379
  • Dragon Throne: the imperial dynasties of China (with Alexander Monro, Luke Hambledon), Quercus, 2008, ISBN 9781847244062
  • On the Brink: The Trouble with France, Abacus, 2002. ISBN 978-0-349-11491-0
  • Alliance: The Inside Story of How Roosevelt, Stalin and Churchill Won One War and Began Another, by Jonathan Fenby.
  • Generalissimo: Chiang Kai-shek and the China He lost, Free Press, 2003. ISBN 9780743231442.
  • The Sinking of the Lancastria: Britain's Worst Naval Disaster and Churchill's Cover-up, Carroll & Graf, 2005. ISBN 9780786715329.
  • The General: Charles de Gaulle and The France He Saved, Simon and Schuster, 2010. ISBN 978-1-84737-392-2

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Jonathan Fenby Profile". Trusted Sources. London. 1 March 2012. Retrieved 1 March 2012. 
  2. ^ "Bo Xilai Sideshow". New York Times. Retrieved 11 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "America's apprehensive China diplomacy". The Guardian. London. 3 June 2008. Retrieved 24 August 2010. 
  4. ^ a b Press Gang: How Newspapers Make Profits from Propaganda Author: Roy Greenslade. Publisher: Pan Books (2004: Revised edition of 2003 Macmillan original). ISBN 0-330-39376-6 Retrieved: 17 November 2012.
  5. ^ "Jonathan Fenby on worsening Chinese data". Bloomberg via Washington Post. London. 23 March 2012. Retrieved 23 March 2012. 
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Preceded by
Peter Cole
Deputy Editor of The Guardian
1988 - 1993
Succeeded by
Alan Rusbridger
Preceded by
Donald Trelford
Editor of The Observer
1993 - 1995
Succeeded by
Andrew Jaspan