Jeremy Mynott spent most of his professional career in publishing at Cambridge University Press, working successively as editor, editorial director, managing director and chief executive.
He has been a Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge since 1999 and an Emeritus Fellow since 2009. Trained in classics and philosophy, with a continuing interest in ancient Greek culture and thought, he translated Thucydides for the series ‘Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought’ (CUP, 2013).
Jeremy has had a life-long involvement with wildlife and the natural world, in particular birds. He has explored the variety of human responses to birds from the ancient world to the present day in Birdscapes: Birds in Our Imagination and Experience (Princeton University Press, 2009), a book described by reviewers as ‘the finest book ever written about why we watch birds’ (Guardian), ‘a ground-breaking work’ (British Birds) and ‘wonderful rumination on birds and birders through space and time for anyone interested in our relationship with nature’ (THES). He has broadcast on radio and television, is a regular reviewer in the TLS and other journals, and is a founder member of New Networks for Nature. He is now completing a cultural history of birds in the ancient world (OUP, 2017).
More locally, he has edited two volumes about village life and work in West Suffolk (Little Thurlow 2000 and The Thurlows 2010) and writes a monthly ‘nature’ column there. He led a biodiversity survey of Shingle Street on the Suffolk coast where he lives much of the year (shinglestreetsurvey), now summarised in his illustrated book, Knowing your Place: Wildlife in Shingle Street (2016).