Matthew Parris

Columnist and Broadcaster, Former MP for West Derbyshire
The Times Newspaper

Matthew Parris worked for the Foreign Office and the Conservative Research Department before serving as MP for West Derbyshire. He joined The Times as parliamentary sketchwriter in 1988, a post he held for 13 years. An award winning columnist, he now writes two weekly columns for the paper and most recently, in 2015, won the British Press Award for Political Journalist of the Year. He broadcasts for radio and television, and presents the biographical programme Great Lives on BBC Radio 4. He is also a regular columnist for The Spectator. Matthew won the Orwell Prize for his acclaimed autobiography, Chance Witness, published in 2002. His latest book Fracture is a fascinating exploration of his theory that genius is often sparked by childhood trauma.

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