Rendall was born in Oxford and adopted as a baby. He lived his childhood in Ashtead, Surrey and much of his teenage years in Greece. He attended St John's School, Leatherhead, and Magdalen College, Oxford. He later lived in Ipswich, Suffolk.
Before becoming a writer, he acted as managerial advisor to the World Featherweight boxing champion, Colin "Sweet C" McMillan. He wrote articles for the magazines Esquire, Ring and Playboy, as well as writing three multi-award winning books.
Rendall married Susie in 1988. The couple had three children together and separated in 2000.
Books by Rendall
- This Bloody Mary (Is the Last Thing I Own)
- Garden Hopping' Memoir of an Adoption'
- Twelve Grand
- Scream - The Tyson Tapes
- Jonathan Rendall, The Times, 7 February 2013
- Richard Williams (10 February 2013). "Observer writer Jonathan Rendall remembered | Comment is free | The Observer". London: Guardian. Retrieved 2013-02-13.
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