Tim Dowling

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Tim Dowling
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Dowling playing the banjo in the band Police Dog Hogan
Born
Robert Timothy Dowling[1]

June 1963[2]
Connecticut,[3] United States
NationalityAmerican
OccupationJournalist
Known forWriting

Robert Timothy Dowling (/ˈdlɪŋ/; born June 1963) is an American journalist and author who writes a weekly column in The Guardian about his life with his family in London.

Career[edit]

Dowling worked in data entry for a films database before he became a freelance journalist, first working for GQ, then women's magazines and the Independent on Sunday.[4] He is a columnist for The Guardian and has a weekly column in the paper's Saturday magazine, Weekend. His column replaced Jon Ronson's in 2007. He writes observational columns, often about his wife.[5] Sam Leith of The Guardian noted that "Dowling's a very fresh and smart writer, as he needs to be. Stories about machete massacres or ebola pandemics pretty much write themselves: writing about nothing much, week in, week out, is the real test."[6] He also worked as a cartoonist for a short time.[7]

Dowling's books include a 2001 book about disposable razor inventor King Camp Gillette,[8] Suspicious Packages and Extendable Arms, a collection of his writing from The Guardian, and The Giles Wareing Haters' Club, his 2007 debut novel concerning a journalist Googling himself (narcissurfing[9]) who finds an online club of people who hate him, inspired by Dowling searching for his name online.[10] Giles Wareing was reviewed by TLS.[11] Metro said it is "a fine comedy of domestic triviality".[12]

Dowling said of his 2014 book How to Be a Husband "It got quite a bit of publicity in the U.K. when it came out and [my wife] wasn’t prepared for all that."[13] Tom Hodgkinson writing in The Spectator called this book "a rare delight".[14] Leith in The Guardian said there is "pleasure and treasure here."[6] David Evans wrote in The Independent, "It’s a rare thing to be able to write about life as a husband and father in such a way as to elicit nods of recognition among those who are neither of those things; Dowling does it with panache."[15]

Published work[edit]

  • Inventor of the Disposable Culture: King Camp Gillette 1855-1932 (Faber & Faber, 2001, ISBN 978-0571208104)
  • Not the Archer prison diary (Ebury Press, 2002, ISBN 0091892392
  • Suspicious Packages & Extendable Arms (Guardian Newspapers Ltd, 2007, ISBN 0-85265-087-6)
  • The Giles Wareing Haters' Club (Picador, 2008, ISBN 0-330-44617-7)
  • How to Be a Husband (Fourth Estate, 2014, ISBN 978-0007527663)

Personal life[edit]

Dowling was born in Connecticut. His mother was a schoolteacher, his father was a dentist, and he has a brother and two sisters.[4] He moved to the UK from New York at the age of 27 and currently lives in London with his wife Sophie de Brandt[16][17] and their three sons.[18] He enjoys skiing with his sons, having learned to ski as a child in the US.[19]

Dowling has played banjo (which his wife bought for his birthday) in the band Police Dog Hogan[20][21] since 2009, and he writes self-deprecatingly about their festival gigs, including Glastonbury, in his column.[22][23][24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "How to be a Husband web sampler". Harper Collins. Retrieved June 17, 2017.
  2. ^ "Robert Timothy Dowling". Companies House. Retrieved June 17, 2017.
  3. ^ Author page, Pan Macmillan website
  4. ^ a b Ridout, Annie (December 26, 2016). "Tim Dowling on fatherhood, marriage and freelancing". The Early Hour. Retrieved June 18, 2017.
  5. ^ Muller-Heyndyk, Rachel (March 24, 2017). "Interview: The Guardian columnist, Tim Dowling". Xcity Plus. City University. Retrieved June 18, 2017.
  6. ^ a b Leith, Sam (June 12, 2014). "How to Be a Husband review – Tim Dowling's take on marriage". The Guardian. Retrieved June 19, 2017.
  7. ^ Sauer, Patrick (February 20, 2015). "Deciphering Daddy: A Q&A with Tim Dowling, Author of How to Be a Husband". Signature. Retrieved June 20, 2017.
  8. ^ Dowling, Tim (May 10, 2001). "Genius at the cutting edge". Retrieved June 20, 2017.
  9. ^ Courtney, Kevin (February 19, 2008). "ConText: NNarcissurfing". Irish Times. Retrieved June 20, 2017.
  10. ^ Dowling, Tim (2007-04-14). "Comedy of manners". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2009-01-01.
  11. ^ Clark, Alex (July 6, 2007). "The Giles Wareing Haters' Club". Retrieved June 20, 2017.
  12. ^ "The Giles Wareing Haters' Club". Metro. May 31, 2007. Retrieved June 20, 2017.
  13. ^ Hunter, Jennifer (March 13, 2015). "Guardian columnist Tim Dowling on how to be a husband". Toronto Star. Retrieved June 19, 2017.
  14. ^ Hodgkinson, Thomas W. (July 12, 2014). "A guide to marriage, moving and fatherhood – and also not a bad tool with which to beat your solicitor to death". The Spectator. Retrieved June 18, 2017.
  15. ^ Evans, David (May 30, 2015). "Paperback book reviews: The Lives of Girls and Women by Alice Munro, How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran, Gut by Giulia Enders, How to be a Husband by Tim Dowling, The Mongol Empire by John Man". The Independent. Retrieved June 20, 2017.
  16. ^ Sawyer, Miranda (October 11, 2014). "5 Live Daily; Woman's Hour; Today – radio review". The Guardian. Retrieved June 18, 2017.
  17. ^ "Tim Dowling and his wife Sophie de Brandt go to war". Woman's Hour. BBC Radio 4. October 9, 2014. Retrieved June 19, 2017.
  18. ^ Dowling, Tim (2008-11-15). "'I have known my wife for many years, and the children are right to be afraid'". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2009-01-01.
  19. ^ Morris, Hugh (September 24, 2013). "Tim Dowling: On the chairlift with..." The Telegraph. Retrieved June 20, 2017.
  20. ^ Police Dog Hogan
  21. ^ Hughes, Tim (January 23, 2014). "Top dogs find middle ground - interview with Police Dog Hogan". York Press. Retrieved June 18, 2017.
  22. ^ Dowling, Tim (June 25, 2015). "You're never too old for Glastonbury". Radio Times. Retrieved June 20, 2017.
  23. ^ Hobbs, Mary Anne. "Tim Dowling: The Joy Of Playing In A Part-Time Band". BBC 6 Music. Retrieved June 20, 2017.
  24. ^ Smith Hughes, Harriet (February 15, 2013). "Middle-Aged-Man-Band?". Cherwell. Retrieved June 20, 2017.

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