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.
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 flower||lily of the valley|
|Patron saint||Francis de Sales|
|Glasgow Coma Score||15|
|Mini Mental Score||30/30|
|Siblings||1×♂ (18 x 1971)|
|Coffee||black, no sugar|
|Sweet or savoury?||savoury|
|BBC radio stations||4,4x,5,6,2,3,1|
|Reading room||Humanities 2|
|Rock, paper, scissors?||Scissors|
|Desert island?||Lo Scoglio, Nerano|
|Muppets||Statler & Waldorf|