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Ben Schott

Ben Schott was born in London in 1974, and educated at University College School, Hampstead, and Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, where he read Social & Political Sciences. He graduated in 1996, taking a double First. After an astonishingly brief ‘career’ at the ad agency J. Walter Thompson, he spent most of his twenties as a magazine portrait photographer.

In 2002, Ben turned a Christmas card into his first book — Schott’s Original Miscellany — which within weeks was a number one bestseller. He has since written four Miscellany sequels; six volumes of Schott’s Almanac (2006–12); and Schottenfreude, a compendium of German neologisms to describe the human condition. Together these have sold some 3 million copies, in 21 languages — hitting bestseller lists in Britain, France, Germany, and America.

Ben has written for a wide range of publications, including The Times, The Guardian, The Telegraph, Private Eye, Vanity Fair, The Spectator, Playboy, and The Paris Review. He is currently a contributing columnist for Bon Appétit, Inc., and Op-Ed page of The New York Times.

Picture Credit; Harry MacAuslan