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Ben was born in London in 1974. He was educated at University College School, Hampstead, and Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge where he read Social & Political Sciences. He graduated in 1996, taking a double First. The idea for the first book originated in some cards that Schott made to send to friends, which contained booklets of what he considered vital but hard to find information. [4] Schott typeset the book himself and had 50 copies privately printed by the Pear Tree Press in Stevenage. After sending copies out to his friends, he sent one to the CEO of Bloomsbury, Nigel Newton. Newton told The Boston Globe, "I was completely bowled over when it arrived on my desk. It was a work of striking originality, and it was remarkable to receive an unsolicited submission like this in the mail. I immediately passed it to one of our editors, who signed it up." [5] The four books in the Miscellanytrilogy have been translated into 21 languages (including Braille), and have sold over 2.5 million copies.

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Ben Schott was born in North London, England, the son of a neurologist and a nurse. He has one brother, also now a neurologist. He went to school at University College School, Hampstead. Jeffries, Stuart (6 November 2002). "The bare facts". The Guardian. London . Retrieved 20 April 2010. Schott's Original Miscellany was published with little fanfare in 2002, but after an article in the Guardian, in which the book was described as the "publishing sensation of the year", sales increased, and within weeks Schott's Original Miscellany was at No. 1. Robert McCrum said of the book in The Observer: "Originality is like charisma. It's hard to define, but we know it when we find it ... Schott's Original Miscellany is, without doubt, the oldest, and possibly merriest title you will come across in a long day's march through the shimmering desert of contemporary publishing". [6] Originality is like charisma. It’s hard to define, but we know it when we findit… Schott’s Original Miscellany is without doubt the oddest, and possiblythemerriest, title you will come across in a long day’s march through theshimmering desert of contemporary publishing.”

Somehow Mr Schott turns a collection of trivia intoa window on the world that is hilarious, puzzling, and inspiring.” Intelligent entertainment at a high level, timedperfectly for out post-modern, deconstructed, andoverall scatterbrained time of age.” As a photographerBen worked with The Independent, The Times, The Sunday Times, Reader’s Digest, and Sunday Business, amongst many others, and has photographed a wealth of celebrities from Hugh Grant and Tony Blair, to Gordon Brown and Enoch Powell.

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After Cambridge, Schott got a job at the London advertising agency J. Walter Thompson where he was an account manager on the Nestlé Rowntree account working on Smarties, Kit Kat and Polo. After only four months he resigned to become a freelance photographer. A crazy and brilliant rabble, with encyclopaedic andmaniacal precision . . . vital and insignificant.” Schott publishes a bespoke Miscellany Diary with the society printers Smythson of Bond Street, and a desk-pad diary with Workman. Wendy: I’m sure you could put out a Schott’s Miscellany about the place. Victor: Schott’s? Wendy: It’s like a farmer’s almanac for non-farm stuff…

Haldenby, Andrew (2002). "Ben gave up a pension – but his trivial pursuit has become a serious success". The Daily Telegraph. London. Archived from the original on 31 December 2003 . Retrieved 20 April 2010. Schott worked as a photographer from 1996 to 2003, specialising in portraits of politicians and celebrities. He was commissioned by a range of editorial and commercial clients, including The Independent, The Sunday Times, Sunday Business, Reader's Digest, and the Institute of Directors. A profile in The Times said "his subjects included John Prescott, who was rude, and Sir Roy Strong, who had "the most wonderful, doleful eyes" and told him: "You must realise I'm awfully photogenic." Tony Blair asked Schott if he would like to see then-baby Leo; Cherie barked at him not to take too long as they were about to have lunch." [2] His photographic portfolio is online. [3] Schott's Miscellanies [ edit ] Grylls, David (24 October 2020). "Jeeves and the Leap of Faith by Ben Schott, review – a 'new' Wodehouse". The Times.

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