John is a writer and publisher. He was Waterstone’s first marketing director, and a publisher at the Harvill Press and Cassell & Co. His authors included the Beatles, Michael Palin, Richard Ford and Haruki Murakami. In 2001 he joined TV producer John Lloyd to set up QI Ltd, now in its tenth BBC series.
John is a Vice-President of the Hay Festival and a Fellow of the RSA. He writes a weekly QI column in the Saturday Telegraph. His latest venture is cofounding Unbound, the UK’s first crowd-funded publishing house which won the 2011 Futurebook Innovation Award for Best Startup in 2011.