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Henry Hemming

Henry Hemming was born in 1979 and grew up in London. Since then he has written four non-fiction books – Together (John Murray, 2011), In Search of the English Eccentric (John Murray, 2008), Misadventure in the Middle East (Nicholas Brealey, 2007) and a monograph on a Saudi artist Abdulnasser Gharem (Edge of Arabia, 2011). His journalism has been published in The Sunday Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Times, The Economist, FT Magazine and The Art Newspaper among others.

When not writing, Henry gives talks and interviews, and has done so in all sorts of different places, from Radio 4′s Today Programme to NBC’s Today Show, as well as workshops and lectures for schools, festivals and companies including RDF Media, the RSA, the Big Society Network, The Frontline Club, The School of Life, British Naturism, Port Eliot Literary Festival and Canvas8, where he's a ‘Thought Leader’.


  • Widespread critical acclaim for paperback edition of Henry Hemming's 'In Search of the English Eccentric'

    The paperback of Henry Hemming's 'In Search of the English Eccentric' has received critical acclaim from The Times ("An entertaining, intelligent account of the author's meetings with an eclectic assortment of famous and obscure cases"), The Sunday Telegraph ("Hemming makes some good points, for example about the eccentricity of the monarchy, especially Prince Charles."), The Observer ("It would have been easy to set these people up for ridicule, but Hemming sensitively delves into their psyches to offer a witty narrative.") and The Guardian ("Hemming keeps up a stream of comic patter, dropping in quotes from Hazlitt and Orwell.")

  • Henry Hemming's In Search of the English Eccentric named one of Metro's non-fiction books of the year

    'Unexpected treat of the year was Henry Hemming's quest to discover whether Britain's proud tradition of social non-conformism is dying out. In Search Of The English Eccentric (John Murray, £16.99) included delightful encounters with modern-day oddballs, from fashion designer Vivienne Westwood to the landowner who uses a medieval trebuchet to hurl dead cattle. Hemming argues that true eccentrics are historically stout defenders of civil liberties who enhance Britain's messy yet rich social tapestry.'

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