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John Mitchinson

John Mitchinson is a writer and publisher and co-founder of Unbound, the world's leading crowdfunding platform for books. He was previously Director of Research and a senior writer for the BBC TV show 'QI'. He is co-host of the popular books podcast Backlisted and a Vice-President of the Hay Festival. He writes a monthly column, 'The Upside Down', for Byline Times

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The Upside Down: Where Is the Man? The Many Lives of Pontius Pilate

, 14 April 2022
John Mitchinson explores the enduring fascination with the man who was asked to send Jesus to his death

THE UPSIDE DOWN: Less Is More – What Buckminster Fuller Still has to Teach Us

, 6 September 2021
John Mitchinson explores the lessons in the inventor, philosopher and mathematician’s ‘doing more with less’ philosophy

The Upside Down: Long Live the Elders! The Exemplary Life of Barry Lopez

, 8 January 2021
John Mitchinson returns with his reflections on the final book of the late great American author and what it reveals about the demands on humans to evolve ethically in order to meet the many challenges on the horizon

THE UPSIDE DOWN: The Eloquence of Saying Nothing

, 6 April 2020
John Mitchinson explores how being quiet and listening might help us to adjust to the isolation imposed on us by the Coronavirus – and beyond.

THE UPSIDE DOWN: Raising Hell – The Long Afterlife of William Blake

, 16 March 2020
John Mitchinson explores the lasting resonance of the works of the English poet and artist who attracted little acclaim during his lifetime.

From Sunderland to the Bullingdon Club: Englishness Unravelled

, 26 February 2020
Unsatisfied with George Orwell's description of patriotism, John Mitchinson digs deep into his own personal history to untangle the complex roots of his Englishness.

THE UPSIDE DOWN: Reasons to be Cheerful

, 24 February 2020
John Mitchinson sets out why the Greek philosopher Epicurus' legacy has been claimed by hedonism but actually represents the opposite and is so relevant for our anxious times.

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