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Charles Jennings grew up in London and was educated there and at St. John’s College, Oxford, where he read English. He has appeared in numerous publications, including the Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph, Observer – for which he was a TV critic – Financial Times, Daily Mail, Independent, GQ and Tatler magazines; and has been a columnist for the Guardian and Times newspapers. Much of his journalism has been about architecture, property and design; he presented The Property Show for Thames Television.

He has also published thirteen books of non-fiction: ranging from the Sunday Times bestseller Up North; to the end-of-the-century urban biography Greenwich; to the Englishman-despairs-of-Scotland Faintheart (longlisted for the Wodehouse Prize); to the critically-acclaimed social history Them And Us – a study of the American invasion of Edwardian high society, and a Radio 4 Book of the Week; to Sediment – a deconstruction of wine connoisseurship and winner of the John Avery Award .

In between, he has written drama for stage, television and radio; been a talking head for The Smithsonian Channel; held a Visiting Fellowship at Goldsmiths College, London; and co-founded a wine blog.

Married, with two sons and one grandson, he (still) lives in London.