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John Harrison

 John Harrison

John Harrison's latest book, 1519: A Journey to the End of Time, is published this month. In celebration, John is our Author of the Month for August 2015.

John will be participating in a series of talks promoting 1519 and the book will be appearing at Edinburgh International Book Festival, Penarth Book Festival, and PENfro Book Festival. Tickets for John's appearance at the Edinburgh Festival are available now, as are tickets for his talk on Travel Writing at PENfro Book Festival. Watch Penarth Book Festival's Twitter for details on that event.

A Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and member of the British Guild of Travel Writers (as well as winner of its Best Narrative Award 2014), John is a writer and adventurer; descended from a line of aviators and seafarers, he studied geography at Cambridge and worked on environmental policy for various government agencies while teaching himself to write. His first travel book, Where the Earth Ends, was a Sunday Times book of the week. He also won the inaugural Alexander Cordell Travel Writing Competition in 2004, and won it again in 2006. He won Arts Council Bursaries in 1999 and 2000, and was a winner of one of the prestigious Academi/AHRB Bursaries in 2002 for a project on The Wild Wood. 

When not writing, he guides and drives small boats, mostly in polar regions. He is based in London where he lives with his partner, Celia.