Robert Wringham

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Robert Wringham
Born Robert Westwood
Dudley, England
Pen name Robert Wringham
Occupation Author, Comedian
Nationality British
Citizenship British citizen
Resident of Canada
Period 2007–present
Genre Humor
Notable works New Escapologist (2007-Present);
A Loose Egg (2014)
Spouse Samara Leibner (m. 2014)

Robert Wringham (born Robert Westwood on 28 November 1982) is a British humorist, best known as the editor of New Escapologist magazine.[1] His 2014 book, A Loose Egg, was shortlisted for the 2015 Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour.[2][3]


Wringham's style of humour derives from his comic persona — a foppish urbanite, averse to hard work and suspicious of nature. He's described it as "English dandy meets hipster doofus."[4] His essays often focus on incidents (or tall tales) from his purportedly indolent life.[5]

He is the founder and editor of New Escapologist, an anti-lifestyle magazine advocating escape from the daily grind.[6] It typically contains practical information and moral support for people who want to live unconventional lives. Notable features have included work by or interviews with Alain de Botton, Will Self, Richard Herring, Ewan Morrison, Tom Hodgkinson, Luke Rhinehart and Caitlin Doughty.

In 2012, Go Faster Stripe published Wringham's first non-fiction book You Are Nothing,[7] a micro-history of Dadaesque[8] comedy troupe Cluub Zarathustra, whose members included Stewart Lee, Simon Munnery, Kevin Eldon, Julian Barratt, Graham Linehan, Sally Phillips and Johnny Vegas.[9][10] The book is written from Wringham's perspective, drawing on interviews with members of the cast and audience as well as collected press cuttings and fanzine material from the 1990s.

2014 saw the publication of A Loose Egg, a collection of comic essays about Wringham's childhood, bachelorhood and early married life. In 2015, it was longlisted and finally shortlisted for the Leacock Medal.[11][12]

Wringham writes for Joshua Glenn's pop culture website HiLobrow,[13] and for the Idler magazine.[14] 2014 saw him extolling the pleasures of convalescence[15] and napping[16] for Playboy.


In 2007, Wringham borrowed the word "escapology" to describe the willful escape from conventional commitments like going to work or keeping up with consumer fashions and technology. This is the central theme of his New Escapologist magazine. In 2015, Wringham crowdfunded a book on the subject with publisher Unbound[17] and the resulting Escape Everything! was released in 2016. A German edition called Ich Bin Raus was published in the same year and attracted considerable media attention.[18][19][20][21][22][23]


  • Wringham, Robert (2012). You Are Nothing. Cardiff: Go Faster Stripe. p. 194. ISBN 978-0-9560901-2-6. 
  • Wringham, Robert (2014). A Loose Egg. Montreal: Eggs Press. p. 144. ISBN 978-0-9939318-0-2. 
  • Wringham, Robert (2016). Escape Everything!. London: Unbound. ISBN 978-1783521333. 
  • Wringham, Robert (2016). Ich Bin Raus. (German edition of Escape Everything!). Munich: Heyne Encore. ISBN 978-3-453-27080-0. 

Personal life[edit]

Originally from Dudley, Wringham moved to Glasgow in 2004.[24] He is also a Resident of Canada.[25][26] He married his long-term partner Samara, who appears as a foil in some of his writings, in 2014.[27]

His pseudonym comes from James Hogg's Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner, a Scottish gothic horror novel.[28]


  1. ^ Penguin Authors: Robert Wringham Retrieved 21 January 2016.
  2. ^ 2015 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour shortlist revealed CBC. 1 April 2015. Retrieved 21 January 2016.
  3. ^ Terry Fallis Wins 2015 Leacock Humour Award Toronto Star. 30 April 2015. Retrieved 21 January 2016.
  4. ^ Twitter 4 January 2016. Retrieved 21 January 2016.
  5. ^ A Loose Egg (2014)
  6. ^ 'Extremely damaging' work stress causes Brits to drink, smoke and be lazy Russia Today. 12 February 2015. Retrieved 21 January 2015.
  7. ^ Robert Wringham - You Are Nothing Retrieved 21 January 2016.
  8. ^ You Are Nothing by Robert Wringham: book review by Steve Bennett Chortle. 29 May 2012. Retrieved 21 January 2016.
  9. ^ Robert Wringham - You Are Nothing The List. 25 June 2012. Retrieved 21 January 2016.
  10. ^ Cluub Zarathustra: where British comedy was reborn Telegraph. 5 July 2014. Retrieved 21 January 2016.
  11. ^ Author wins Leacock Medal for Humour for second time Orillia Packet and Times. 30 April 2015. Retrieved 21 January 2016.
  12. ^ Leacock humour shortlist unveiled in Orillia 1 April 2015. Retrieved 21 January 2016.
  13. ^ Posts by Robert Wringham HiLoBrow. Retrieved 21 January 2016.
  14. ^ How to Quit your job Idler. 22 September 2015. Retrieved 21 January 2016.
  15. ^ The Anatomy of the Man Cold Playboy. 27 January 2014. Retrieved 21 January 2016.
  16. ^ The Nap: Modern Man's Final Refuge Playboy. 13 February 2014. Retrieved 21 January 2016.
  17. ^ Escape Everything! Retrieved 21 January 2016.
  18. ^ Weniger Arbeit, Mehr Sex Sueddeutsche Zeitung. 23 September 2016. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  19. ^ Robert Wringham verrät: So sprengen Sie die Fesseln der Arbeitswelt Focus. 31 August 2016. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  20. ^ Raus aus der Falle Wie man der Arbeit und dem Konsum entkommt Berliner Zeitung. 27 August 2016. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  21. ^ ""Putzen ist vergnüglich, wenn man es richtig sieht" Der Standard. 23 August 2016. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  22. ^ Der Roboter Kommen Aspecte, (ZDF). 16 September 2016. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  23. ^ Sachbücher und Themen Kontext. 28 October 2016. Retrieved 30 October 2016.
  24. ^ What is Robert Wringham? Retrieved 21 January 2016.
  25. ^ I'm not an employee by nature. Nobody is New Escapologist. 10 April 2014. Retrieved 21 January 2016.
  26. ^ Avoiding Modern Life Mongrel p22. 2012. Retrieved 21 January 2016.
  27. ^ Day of the Coconut 2 August 2014. Retrieved 21 January 2016.
  28. ^ What is Robert Wringham? Retrieved 21 January 2016.

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