“But very little is known about Ben Schott, the book’s author, designer and researcher. Who is he? An elderly librarian
with half-moon spectacles and cobwebs in his hair?”
— The Daily Telegraph
Ben was born in London in 1974. He was educated at University College School, Hampstead, and Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge where he read Social & Political Sciences. He graduated in 1996, taking a double First.
After an astonishingly brief ‘career’ at the advertising agency J. Walter Thompson, Ben spent most of his twenties as a freelance portrait photographer for a diverse range of editorial and commercial clients.
As a photographer Ben worked with The Independent, The Times, The Sunday Times, Reader’s Digest, and Sunday Business, amongst many others, and has photographed a wealth of celebrities from Hugh Grant and Tony Blair, to Gordon Brown and Enoch Powell.
In 2002, Ben turned a Christmas card into his first book – Schott’s Original Miscellany – which within weeks was a bestseller. He has subsequently published a series of Miscellanies and Almanacs – and the book Schottenfreude – which together have sold some 2.5 million copies, in 21 languages (including Braille).
Ben has written for many of the great British and American titles; he now writes regularly for a range of publications including the New York Times, Bon Appetit, Inc., and Playboy.
Unusually, Ben designs and typesets virtually all of his work – as well offering design consultancy to a range of clients.
Married to Pavia Rosati (the founder of the travel website Fathom), Ben divides his time between London and New York.
Portrait: Harry Macauslan