Tim Finch

Book title: The House of Journalists

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Genre: Literary fiction

Publisher: Jonathan Cape and Vintage in the UK and Commonwealth, Farrar, Straus and Giroux in the US and Canada.

Publication date(s): Hardback UK – August 2013, Hardback US – September 2013, Paperback UK – January 2015

Biography: Tim is a former director of communications and head of migration research at the leading think tank, IPPR (Institute for Public Policy Research). Prior to that, he was the director of communications at the Refugee Council and a BBC political journalist. He was educated at the London School of Economics and the University of Essex.


His debut novel, The House of Journalists, was published in 2013 when Tim was 51, and was acclaimed as ‘a clever debut’ (New York Times), ‘savagely funny… delightfully unusual’ (Metro), ‘a strange but oddly effective mixture of often-light comedy and often-brutal reportage’ (Daily Mail) ‘astonishingly good’ (Emerald Street) ‘an ambitious…black-hued satire’ (The New Statesman) ‘a remarkable first novel’ (Kirkus Reviews).  The book was nominated to the Edinburgh Festival first book award.

Tim now works as a freelance writer and consultant. He is the founding chair of a small charity on arts and migration called Counterpoints Arts, as well as being a trustee of Asylum Aid and a member of the advisory board of the new Institute for Migration Research.  He is an occasional presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Analysis programme.


He is married to the broadcaster and writer Claudia Hammond.

Website: http://www.randomhouse.co.uk/editions/the-house-of-journalists/9780224097727

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/tim.finch.353

Twitter handle: https://twitter.com/TimAAFinch

Location: Peckham, South East London

Links to blog posts:   http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/aug/01/fiction-immigrant-story-reduce-politics-writers




Writer Superpowers (specialist subjects): As a former BBC political journalist and having worked for a leading think tank I remain very interested and active in politics. My specialist area is migration but I’m interested in all areas of policy.

My work as a broadcaster and communications director means I am a very experienced interviewer and chair of panel discussions.

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