Richard Benson is a prizewinning writer and bestselling author. The Valley (2014), described as ‘a masterpiece of empathetic imagination and narrative’ by Lucy Lethbridge in the Financial Times, won the James Tait Black Prize for Biography, the Portico Prize and was shortlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize. Richard’s memoir The Farm (2005) was shortlisted for the Guardian’s First Book Award, chosen for Channel 4’s Richard and Judy’s Book Club and BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week, and was a number-one bestseller. It was serialised as a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week.
In the 1990s Richard edited The Face magazine. Since then he has worked for many leading newspapers and magazines, and is currently a contributing editor at Esquire, and a contributor to Wired, the Guardian and The Sunday Times.