Simon Hattenstone (born 29 December 1962 in Salford, England) is a British journalist and writer. He is a features writer and interviewer for The Guardian newspaper, and has written or ghost-written a number of biographical books.
Hattenstone was severely ill with encephalitis for three years as a child and resultantly is an Ambassador for the Encephalitis Society. He studied English at Leeds University and trained to be a teacher before moving to London to work as a journalist. On The Guardian he wrote a sports column for three years, which focused on the perils of being a die-hard Manchester City supporter. He also became assistant arts editor and film editor.
Hattenstone is among the few journalists to have interviewed the anonymous graffiti artist Banksy. Other interview subjects have included George Michael, Paul McCartney, Dolly Parton, Debbie McGee, Tom Jones, Stevie Wonder, Serena Williams, Katie Price, Desmond Tutu, and Penelope Cruz. His interview by mobile phone with Judi Dench has been quoted as an example of entertaining feature writing, yielding "an unconventional but, ultimately, satisfying profile". He also writes about crime and justice, and has covered many miscarriages of justice. He was highly commended in the Interviewer of the Year category in The Press Awards for 2014.
Books by Hattenstone include, Out of it, about his childhood illness, and The Best of Times, about the lives of members of England's 1966 football world cup team. He has ghost-written books for the snooker player Ronnie O'Sullivan and for Duwayne Brooks, who was attacked with Stephen Lawrence on the night Lawrence was murdered.
Film and television
Hattenstone co-wrote the television documentary series Brits Abroad.
- Simon Hattenstone (profile), The Guardian, accessed 22 January 2017.
- Foreword by Hattenstone, in Ava Easton (26 February 2016). Life After Encephalitis: A Narrative Approach. Routledge. ISBN 978-1-317-53837-0.
- Mike Horsfall, Out Of It - Simon Hattenstone (book review), Police Journal Online, vol. 79, no. 11, November 1998. The Police Association of South Australia.
- "Who is Banksy? Artist avoids awards-show unmasking", The Week, June 10, 2016.
- Simon Hattenstone, "Simon Hattenstone: the unpredictable and the unpublishable", The Guardian, 4 July 2015.
- Susan Pape; Sue Featherstone (2006). Feature Writing: A Practical Introduction. SAGE Publications. pp. 83–86. ISBN 978-1-84787-813-7.
- Simon Hattenstone, Wrongly Accused Person
- The Press Awards, Society of Editors, 2014.
- Simon Hattenstone (1999). Out of it: The Story of a Boy who Went to Bed with a Headache and Woke Up Three Years Later. Hodder and Stoughton. ISBN 978-0-340-71869-8.
- Simon Hattenstone (2006), The Best of Times: what became of the heroes of '66?. Guardian Newspapers Limited. ISBN 0-852-65064-7.
- Ronnie O'Sullivan (10 October 2013). Running: The Autobiography. Orion. ISBN 978-1-4091-1224-2.
- New Statesman. New Statesman, Limited. 2003.
- Simon Hattenstone: Biography, IMDb.
- Simon Hattenstone, JournaListed, Media Standards Trust