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 collections 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.

His film about Franco's architecture, Mass Tourism, will be on BBC4 at 10pm on 27 August.

Isle of Rust, a collaboration with the photographer Alex Boyd and with a text based on Meades's script for his film about Lewis and Harris, will be published by Luath Press in August 2019.

His most recently broadcast film was Jonathan Meades on Jargon (BBC Four), described in The Guardian as '
blisteringly brutal, clever and hilarious'. Some of his films are available on The Jonathan Meades Collection DVD.


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, to be published by Unbound in autumn 2020. Here's an excerpt -

Douglas Murphy's 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