Jeremy Mynott is a naturalist, author and translator, living in Suffolk.
In 2020, Jeremy collaborated with two other naturalists to write The Consolation of Nature, their ‘lockdown diary’ of Spring in the Time of Coronavirus.
Jeremy’s Birds in the Ancient World (2018) is a cultural history of the relations between humankind and birds in the ancient civilisations of Greece and Rome. The book has been very widely reviewed, it was a TLS ‘Book of the Year’ in 2018 and was shortlisted for the 2019 Wolfson History Prize.
‘thought-provoking, highly readable and exhaustive’, Mark Cocker, Spectator;
‘this definitive and original account of birds in the ancient world will serve as an invaluable reference for all subsequent historians of ornithology, and indeed, zoology as a whole.’, Tim Birkhead, Archives of National History;
‘an astonishing combination of knowledge and sheer readability’, British Birds;
‘masterful cultural and scientific history’, Nature;
‘one of the most beautiful, most engaging and simply most delightful books I have read in a long time… a masterclass in writing … which incites one to ponder upon fundamental ecological and environmental issues and to re-examine our own relationship to the natural world.’, Greece & Rome.
Birdscapes: Birds in Our Imagination and Experience (2009), explores 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).
Jeremy 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.
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.
‘I recommend Mynott’s version most highly…. Altogether, this edition in a crowded field offers many unique annotations complementing its fresh and accurate translation.’ Donald Lateiner, Ancient History Bulletin.
Jeremy 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.
On 5 December 2019, Jeremy and four co-authors launched A New Deal for Nature with Caroline Lucas of the Green Party. It sets out a radical vision of how to restore and enrich the natural world in Britain. See coverage in the Guardian.
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.