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 including 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, was published in 2017.
Meades 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, Stalin and Mussolini. He is currently working on a film about Franco. Some of the films mentioned are available on The Jonathan Meades Collection DVD.

His most recently broadcast film was Jonathan Meades on Jargon (BBC Four), described in The Guardian as '
blisteringly brutal, clever and hilarious'.


Pugin, Potter, Russell and Lennon ... globish, cliché, iconic abuse, yob-gods, sprawl... and much more. Thirty years after Peter Knows What Dick Likes comes a new collection of Meades's work, now looking for pledges at Find out more about the book and how to subscribe here. And read an excerpt -

Nicompoopolis: The Follies of Boris Johnson - here.

'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