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Sam Leith

Sam Leith was born in London in 1974 and was educated at the University of Oxford. He is the literary editor of the Spectator. He is a columnist for the Financial Times, The Evening Standard and Prospect and his work appears regularly in The GuardianThe Times and the TLS. He was named Columnist of the Year in the 2016 Editorial Intelligence Comment Awards. His books in clude You Talkin' To Me? Rhetoric from Aristotle to Obama and Write to the Point: How to be Clear, Correct and Persuasive on the Page. His most recent book, illustrated by Edith Pritchett, is Our Time in Rhymes; Being a Prosodical Chronicle of Our Damnable Age. He was a judge of the 2015 Man Booker Prize and was chair of the judging panel for the 2017 Desmond Elliott Prize. He lives with his wife and three children in North London.

Twitter: @questingvole

Books in order of publication:

Dead Pets: Stuff Them, Eat Them, Love Them (2005)

Sod’s Law: Why Life Always Falls Butter Side Down (2009)

The Coincidence Engine (2011)

You Talkin’ to Me?: Rhetoric from Aristotle to Obama (2011)

Write to the Point: How to be Clear, Correct and Persuasive on the Page (2017)

Our time in Rhymes: Being a Prosodical Chronicle of Our Damnable Age (2019)

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