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James McConnachie

James McConnachie

James McConnachie is the author of numerous Rough Guides, from Paris and Nepal to Conspiracy Theories and Sex. He wrote a critically acclaimed study of the Kamasutra, The Book of Love, for which he was nominated for Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year, 2008.

He has reviewed non-fiction for the Sunday Times ever since, on roughly a fortnightly basis, mostly covering esoteric history and popular science. He is currently editor of The Author (the quarterly journal of the Society of Authors), a fellow of the Royal Literary Fund (he teaches writing at Southampton University) and, much to his surprise, an agony uncle for the Metro newspaper. He has written for most UK broadsheets, presented TV programmes for the BBC and Channel 4, and has given talks and lectures at the V&A and Cambridge Wordfest, among others. 

James was nominated to the board of the Copyright Licensing Agency in 2011, and re-elected as a director of the Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society in 2015. He is a member of the National Union of Journalists and the Society of Authors, and a passionate advocate of authors' rights. He lives in Winchester, UK, with his wife and three children.