Jonathan Meades is a writer, journalist, essayist, film-maker. His books include three works of fiction - Filthy English, Pompey and The Fowler Family Business - and several anthologies of which the most recently published is Museum Without Walls, which received 13 nominations as a book of the year in 2012. An Encyclopaedia of Myself won Best Memoir in the Spear's Book Awards 2014 and was shortlisted for the 2015 Pen Ackerley Prize. His first and only cookbook, The Plagiarist in the Kitchen, has recently been published.
He has written and performed in more than 50 television shows on predominantly topographical subjects such as shacks, garden cities, megastructures, buildings associated with vertigo, beer, pigs, and the architecture of Hitler and Stalin. Some of these are available on The Jonathan Meades Collection DVD. His latest film is Benbuilding - Mussolini, Monuments, Modernism and Marble. Watch a trailer here.
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The Whitechapel Gallery in London has organised a season of screenings and events in association with the London Festival of Architecture, curated by Matthew Harle and Gareth Evans. Full details of the programme can be found here.
The Plagiarist in the Kitchen is now available. Find out more about Meades's book of borrowed recipes here and read a review in The Guardian.
'Meades's documentaries have for years been the best history programmes on television... A marriage of Borges, Betjeman and Bronowski.' Paul Lay, Editor, History Today