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 Nigel Geoffrey Farndale

30 September 1964

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Nigel Geoffrey Farndale, son of Alfred Geoffrey (Geoff)  and Barbara Farndale born 30 Sep 1964 at Gale Bank Farm Wensley Yorks (FAR0922).   




Nigel Farndale (born 30 September 1964) is a British author and journalist, known for his broadsheet interviews and his novel The Blasphemer.

Nigel Farndale was born in Ripon, North Yorkshire, in 1964.

Before becoming a writer, Nigel read philosophy for a Master’s degree at Durham University. He is the son of a sheep and dairy farmer from Wensleydale, and worked as a farmer there himself for a few years. He now lives on the Hampshire-Sussex border with his wife Mary and their three children

Farndale grew up in the Yorkshire Dales, was educated at Barnard Castle School, read philosophy for a master's degree at Durham University and worked as a farmer before becoming a journalist — he wrote an abusive letter to Auberon Waugh, who then asked him to write for Literary Review. After that he worked on Punch magazine and Country Life magazine before moving to the Sunday Telegraph, where he remained for twenty years as a feature writer and columnist. He now writes for The Times.

He is the author of six books, including The Blasphemer (which was shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award) and Haw-Haw: The Tragedy of William and Margaret Joyce (a biography shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize). His latest novel is The Road Between Us.

As a journalist he has interviewed a host of celebrities and public figures from Mick Jagger, Woody Allen, the Dalai Lama and Henry Kissinger, to Elton John, Prince Charles, Hillary Clinton, Paul McCartney, George Best, and Stephen Hawking. He writes for various newspapers and magazines, including The Observer, FT, Spectator and Country Life, and has won a British Press Award for his interviews in the Sunday Telegraph.

His appearances on Radio 4 have included Loose Ends, Broadcasting House and Between Ourselves, a programme in which he and Lynn Barber compared notes on the art of the celebrity interview.

He has written six books: three novels, two biographies and a collection of interviews. His latest novel is The Road Between Us.

The Blasphemer was shortlisted for the 2010 Costa Book Awards and selected for the WH Smith Richard and Judy Bookclub. His biography Haw-Haw: The Tragedy of William and Margaret Joyce was published in 2005 and shortlisted for that year’s Whitbread Prize and James Tait Black Memorial Prize.

As a journalist he has written for various magazines and newspapers including The Observer, Sunday Times, The Times, Financial Times, Daily Telegraph and Spectator.

He has won a British Press Award and three commendations for his interviews, and was the joint subject of a programme about interviewing on Radio 4 when he and Lynn Barber compared notes on Between Ourselves. His interview subjects have included Henry Kissinger, Mick Jagger, Woody Allen, the Dalai Lama, Prince Charles, Elton John, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Paul McCartney, George Best, Jimmy Savile and Stephen Hawking.

He is married with three sons and lives on the border between Hampshire and Sussex. 



The Road Between Us. London, 2013. ISBN 0-385-61913-8

The Blasphemer. London, 2010. ISBN 0-385-61779-8

Haw-Haw: The Tragedy of William and Margaret Joyce. London, 2005. ISBN 0-333-98992-9

Flirtation, Seduction, Betrayal: Interviews with Heroes and Villains. London, 2002. ISBN 1-84119-644-4

Last Action Hero of the British Empire: Commander John Kerans 1915–1985. London, 2001. ISBN 0-571-20825-8

A Sympathetic Hanging. London, 2000. ISBN 0-7043-8141-9



Nigel Geoffrey Farndale, married Mary Craig-McFeely at Petersfield on 9 May 1992.




Alfred Edmund Douglas Farndale, born April 1998 (FAR01343).    

Samuel Digby Martin Farndale, born June 2000 (FAR01358

Joseph (Joe) Benedict Rex Farndale, born 2004 (FAR01394)


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