An Elderly Librarian?

But very little is known about Ben Schott, the book’s author, designer and researcher. Who is he? An elderly librarian with half-moon spectacles and cobwebs in his hair?”
— The Daily Telegraph

Ben was born in North London in 1974. He was 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 advertising agency J. Walter Thompson, Ben spent most of his twenties as a freelance portrait photographer for a diverse range of editorial and commercial clients.

As a photographer Ben worked with The Independent, The Times, The Sunday Times, Reader’s Digest, and Sunday Business, amongst many others, and has photographed a wealth of celebrities from Hugh Grant and Tony Blair, to Gordon Brown and Enoch Powell.

In 2002, Ben turned a Christmas card into his first book – Schott’s Original Miscellany – which within weeks was a bestseller. He has subsequently published a series of Miscellanies and Almanacs which have sold some 2.5 million copies, and have been translated in 21 languages.

As a journalist, Ben has worked with many of the great British titles; he now writes for the Times of London and the New York Times.

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Married to Pavia Rosati (the founder of the travel website Fathom), Ben divides his time between London and New York.

(He finds writing in the third-person awkward.)

Date of birth iv 1974
Time of birth 02:07
Star sign Gemini · ♊
Chinese zodiac animal tiger
Birth stone emerald
Birth flower lily of the valley
Patron saint Francis de Sales
Angelic governor Ambriel
Glasgow Coma Score 15
Mini Mental Score 30/30
Allergies none known
Weight c.9st 10lb
Handedness right
Phobias spiders; typos
Spouse 1×♀ (♍)
Siblings 1×♂ (18 x 1971)
Godchildren 1.5
Superstitious very
Coffee black, no sugar
Sweet or savoury? savoury
BBC radio stations 4,4x,5,6,2,3,1
Favourite colour  lavender
Pets penguin; dodo
Reading room Humanities 2
Rock, paper, scissors? Scissors
Desert island? Lo Scoglio, Nerano
Muppets Statler & Waldorf
Cymbals Zildjian
Hammond B-3
Glass half… full