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.
His most recent book is a biography of Jonathan Swift, for Penguin and Norton.