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, was published earlier 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 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.
COMING SOON TO BBC4
Jonathan Meades on Jargon: 'Matrix-hubbing performative pain badgers'
featuring Meades as Benny from Crossroads
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.
‘The Plagiarist in the Kitchen is hilariously grumpy, muttering at us “Don’t you bastards know anything?” You can read it purely for literary pleasure, but Jonathan Meades makes everything sound so delicious that the non-cook will be moved to cook and the bad cook will cook better.’ David Hare, 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