Hamilton-Paterson, James

James Hamilton-Paterson

Elected: 2023

James Hamilton-Paterson spent a year with the British Council in pre-Gadaffi Libya and on his return to the UK was constantly scheming to escape abroad. His journalism has appeared in the Sunday Times, the TLS, Granta, the New Statesman and Condé-Nast Traveller and he was Nova magazine’s last features editor. He won the Whitbread First Novel Award for his debut Gerontius, and his comic novel Cooking with Fernet Branca was longlisted for the Booker Prize. His latest book, Stuck Monkey: The Deadly Planetary Cost of the Things We Love, was published in 2023 by Icon.

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