Geoff Andrews biography
Geoff Andrews was born in Cardiff in 1961 but has lived most of his life in London. After leaving school at 16, he was offered a place as a mature student at Ruskin College, Oxford, where he was taught by David Selbourne and Raphael Samuel, and competed his studies at University College Cardiff.
He has spent much of the last decade in Italy, writing about the troubled politics and fascinating food of that country. He writes and broadcasts regularly on Italy, and his articles have appeared in the Financial Times, Open Democracy and La Repubblica. His last two books, Not a Normal Country: Italy After Berlusconi (2005) and The Slow Food Story: Politics and Pleasure (2008) have both been translated into Italian.
His Slow Food research took him to ten different countries and he has subsequently been an occasional contributor to The Food Programme on BBC Radio 4. Prior to writing about Italy and food, he wrote a history of the final years of the British Communist Party – Endgames and New Times (2004). This introduced him to the extraordinary life of James Klugmann, one of the Cambridge communists of the 1930s and the subject of his forthcoming book.
He is Staff Tutor in Politics at the Open University and is proud to be the manager of Philosophy Football FC.
Follow Geoff Andrews on Twitter @andrewsgeoff
How I Found the Agency
I was first recommended to Andrew Lownie by my friend and fellow QPR supporter Christian Wolmar, who has benefited a lot from Andrew’s help on many of his transport books. Since then Andrew has impressed me with his prompt attention and real enthusiasm for my work. He also has a particular interest in the Cambridge spy generation.