Charles Jennings grew up in London and was educated there and at St. John’s College, Oxford, where he read English. He is a writer and journalist whose books range 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.
He has written for the Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph, Observer – for which he was a TV critic – Financial Times, Daily Mail, Independent, GQ and Esquire 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.
In between, he has written drama for Radio 4 and co-founded a wine blog – whose greatest moments are now memorialised in book form: Sediment. This recently won the John Avery Award.
He has just finished a stint as a Visiting Fellow at Goldsmiths College, London. Married, with two sons, he (still) lives in London.