The humour of self-deprecation is peculiarly English. Few people do it better than Jeremy Lewis. His first two autobiographical volumes ? Playing for Time and Kindred Spirits ? are being reissued in Faber Finds to coincide happily with his third volume ? Grub Street Irregular ? being published by HarperCollins. The second volume of Jeremy Lewis's wonderfully entertaining autobiography sees him starting out, with a mixture of diffidence and self-professed incompetence, on a career in publishing. Along the way we see him tucking into cod and chips with Jane and Geoffrey Grigson, drinking tea with Kingsley Amis and retsina with Patrick Leigh-Fermor. When reviewing this book, Christopher Sinclair-Stevenson called it 'The funniest book I have ever read about publishing.this is not merely a hugely entertaining book, but an important one'. That judgment still stands.
Jeremy Lewis worked for many years in publishing afteer leaving Trinity College, Dublin, in 1965. He was a director of Chatto amp; Windus for ten years, and the deputy editor of the 'London Magazine' from 1990 to 1994. A freelance writer and editor since 1989, he has been the commissioning editor of the 'Oldie' since 1997, and the editor-at-large of the 'Literary Review' since 2004. He has written two volumes of autobiography, 'Playing for Time' and 'Kindred Spirits' (both now available in Faber Finds'), and a third, 'Grub Street Irregular' was published in 2008. He has written biographies of Cyril Connolly, Tobias Smollett and Allen Lane, and is currently working on a book about the Greene family - Graham Greene's siblings and first cousins - to be published by Jonathan Cape.