John Stubbs was born in 1977 and studied English at Oxford and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge, where he completed a doctorate in 2005. Donne: The Reformed Soul was published in 2006 and won the Glen Dimplex Irish Writers’ Centre New Writer of the Year and a Royal Society of Literature Jerwood Award for non-fiction. It was shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award and longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award. His book Reprobates was shortlisted for the 2011 Samuel Johnson Award.
John is now writing a biography of Jonathan Swift, for Penguin and Norton.