Jonathan Meades is a writer, journalist, essayist and film-maker. He has written and performed in many television films on predominantly architectural and topographical subjects such as plotlands, garden cities, brutalism and megastructures, the utopian avoidance of right angles, Belgium, the Baltic, French identity, and the architecture of Hitler, Stalin and Mussolini. The Whitechapel Gallery and the National Film Theatre staged a retrospective of his work in June 2017.
His books include three works of fiction – Filthy English, Pompey and The Fowler Family Business - and several collections of essays. His deflected autobiography An Encyclopaedia of Myself, won Best Memoir in the Spear's Book Awards and was shortlisted for the Pen Ackerley Prize in 2015. His 'anti-cookbook' The Plagiarist In The Kitchen appeared in April 2017.
He has published a box of 100 postcards Pidgin Snaps. His 'treyfs' and 'artknacks' were exhibited last year at the London/Newcastle Space in a show entiled Ape Forgets Medication.
'Meades has been compared, favourably, to Rabelais and, flatteringly, to Swift. The truth is that he outstrips both in the gaudiness of his imagination.' HENRY HITCHINGS, TLS 'A human Enigma machine...Jonathan Meades is the Jonathan Meades of our generation.’ AA GILL, The Sunday Times 'For the last thirty years Britain's most consistently surprising and informative writer on the built environment.' OWEN HATHERLEY, LRB 'Sceptical, forthright, unbiddable and seriously droll.' ANTHONY QUINN, Metro 'The scope of his ideas, the force of his arguments, the sheer vitality of his sentences: these things come at you like negative ions after a storm, with the result that you soon start to feel an awful lot better –envious but revitalised, too.' RACHEL COOKE, New Statesman 'An Encyclopaedia of Myself...a symphonic poem about post-war England and Englishness...A masterpiece.' ROGER LEWIS, Financial Times.