Jonathan Smith (novelist)
|Born||1942 (age 76–77)|
|Occupation||Novelist, playwright, teacher|
Jonathan Smith (born 1942) is an English novelist, playwright, writer and teacher. A career English teacher, best known for his novels, he has also written many radio plays.
Early life and education
Smith was born in Gloucestershire to a family of teachers originally from the Rhondda Valley in South Wales. He was educated at Christ College, Brecon and read English at St John's College, Cambridge.
Smith took up his first teaching job at Loretto School near Edinburgh in Scotland. After a brief stint at Melbourne Grammar School in Australia, he taught at Tonbridge School for the rest of his career and was head of English for 17 years. He published five novels during his teaching career before retiring in 2002 to concentrate on writing. His former pupils at Tonbridge include Sir Anthony Seldon, novelist Vikram Seth, poet Christopher Reid, actor Dan Stevens and musician Kit Hesketh-Harvey.
Smith and his wife Gillian have a daughter, Becky, an educational consultant, and a son, Ed Smith (cricketer), who is the England National Cricket Selector, former England cricketer and published author.
His book on teaching, The Learning Game, has been widely acclaimed in the world of education.
His first novel, Wilfred and Eileen, was adapted for BBC television into a four-part serial.
His first radio play, The World Walk, was made into a BBC2 TV play.
His two radio plays on John Betjeman were broadcast on Radio 4 in 2017.
- Wilfred and Eileen (1976)
- The English Lover (1977)
- In Flight (1980)
- Come Back (1985)
- Summer in February. Abacus (1996). ISBN 978-0349107462
- Night Windows. Abacus (2004). ISBN 978-0349115313
- The Churchill Secret KBO. Abacus (2015).
- The Learning Game: A Teacher's Inspirational Story. Abacus (2002). ISBN 978-0349113883
- The Following Game. Peridot Press (2011). ISBN 978-1-908095-01-5
Over twenty plays including:
- The Trenches Trip (BBC Radio 4)
- The Tennis Court (Radio 4)
- Portrait of Winston (Radio 4)
- Mr Betjeman's Class (Radio 4)
- Mr Betjeman Regrets (Radio 4)
- "The score so far". Times Educational Supplement. 11 May 2008.
- "The best teachers will always bowl you over". The Guardian. 19 June 2011.
- "Dan Stevens: My Best Teacher". Times Educational Supplement. 23 September 2011.
- "Jonathan Smith's book on following his son Ed will resonate with every cricketing parent". Daily Telegraph. 26 July 2011.
- "British Films Directory: Summer in February". British Council.
- "Paperback of the week: Night Windows by Jonathan Smith". The Guardian. 24 July 2005.
- "Big head, small heart". Daily Telegraph. 24 October 2004.