Jeremy Paxman was born in Yorkshire and educated at Cambridge. He is an award-winning journalist who spent ten years reporting from overseas, notably for Panorama. He is the author of seven books of non-fiction including The English, The Political Animal and Empire. He is the presenter of Newsnight and University Challenge and has presented BBC documentaries on various subjects including the Victorians, Wilfred Owen and Empire.
Paxman’s writing in Empire was praised by Piers Brendon in the Sunday Times as ‘witty, incisive, acerbic and opinionated . . . In short, he carries the whole thing off with panache bordering on effrontery’.
His most recent book is Great Britain’s Great War, published in October 2013. Using a wealth of first-hand source material, Jeremy brings vividly to life the day-to-day experience of the British over the entire course of the war, from politicians, newspapermen, campaigners and Generals, to Tommies, factory-workers, nurses, wives and children, capturing the whole mood and morale of the nation and explaining how life and identity in Britain were utterly transformed, not always for the worse, by this experience.