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David Edmonds

As a Child

I was born in South East London in a nice but dull suburb. I had a mother, a father, three siblings and no pets. I shared a bedroom with my younger brother, until I was 16 when we moved into a larger house in the same nice but dull suburb. Both my parents were refugees and I remember lots of old relatives with funny accents. Dad was a businessman, Mum did a 1000 things, language teacher, school governor, professional proof-reader, magistrate etc. My childhood was remarkably uneventful, though I did once catch fire during a chemistry lesson.

As an Adult

I spent five years at Oxford University, worked in Oxford for a bit and then moved back to London. I studied for a part-time PhD in philosophy at the Open University. I had two wonderful spells – including two freezing winters - in the United States, at the University of Chicago and the University of Michigan. One way or another I have spent most of my adult life writing – but mostly non-fiction. Dotty is my first foray into fiction.

As an author

David Edmonds is a multi-award-winning BBC journalist and a Distinguished Research Fellow at the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics at Oxford University. He is the author or editor of a dozen books including – with John Eidinow – the international bestseller Wittgenstein’s Poker (shortlisted for The Guardian First Book prize). He hosts several podcasts one of which, Philosophy Bites (co-host Nigel Warburton), has had nearly 40 million downloads. He lives in London with his wife and two kids.

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