Jeremy Mynott is the author of Birdscapes: Birds in Our Imagination and Experience (2009), a book exploring the variety of human responses to birds, described by reviewers as ‘the finest book ever written about why we watch birds’ (Guardian) and ‘a wonderful rumination on birds and birders through space and time for anyone interested in our relationship with nature’ (THES).
His new book, Birds in the Ancient World: Winged Words (2018), develops this theme in a cultural history of the relations between humankind and birds in the ancient civilisations of Greece and Rome, illustrated with a wealth of translations from classical literature and arresting images from ancient art. The book has been very widely reviewed and was shortlisted for the 2019 Wolfson History Prize. NOW AVAILABLE IN PAPERBACK.
Jeremy has also published an edition and translation of Thucydides (2013), the ancient Greek historian whose work is a foundational text in the history of Western political thought and remains one of the most penetrating studies in the nature of political power, widely invoked in contemporary discussions of political theory and international relations.
He has deep-rooted local interests in Suffolk. He has edited two volumes about village life and work in Little Thurlow (2000 and 2010). And he led a biodiversity survey of Shingle Street, a tiny hamlet on the Suffolk coast, summarised in his illustrated book, Knowing your Place: Wildlife in Shingle Street (2016), which was hailed by British Wildlife as ‘a model of its kind’. He publishes monthly ‘nature notes’ in both places.
He has broadcast on radio and television, is a regular reviewer for the TLS and wildlife magazines, and a founder member of ‘New Networks for Nature’ in 2009, an initiative that annually brings together a wide range of writers, poets, artists, musicians, scientists and naturalists to celebrate the diversity of creative responses to the natural world and inspire efforts to promote its importance in our national life.
Jeremy spent most of his earlier professional career in publishing at Cambridge University Press, working successively as editor, editorial director, managing director and chief executive. He has been a Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge since 1999 and an Emeritus Fellow since 2009.