John-Paul Flintoff

"Meet the man who made his underpants from nettles" - Mary Ann Sieghart, BBC World Service

I'm a journalist

I write for the Sunday Times (of London). For six years, I was feature writer and associate editor on the Financial Times magazine.

I have written for many English language newspapers and magazines, including:

Read more about me as a journalist or find out about some other things I do.



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Who the hell is Steve Chapman?

“I wanted to do a book launch that was completely different,” Steve Chapman told me this week. “To practice what I preach in the book – which is to do scary stuff, and see if it’s as scary as you thin…

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I'm an author

Coming soon: Queen Who?

My first novel, about the final days of Queen Anne, is a literary-historical comedy-thriller. (Yes, I can have it all.)

Here are 10 reasons why you (yes, even you) need to read this novel.


BOOK: How to Change The World

Rodin's thinker reading How To Change The World Every day we notice aspects of the world around us that just seem wrong.

My book, How To Change The World, published in English and 13 other languages, will help to identify what matters most to you (not me), and ways to overcome the obstacles that might hold you back.

Find out more or buy a copy


BOOK: Sew Your Own

Sew Your Own My previous book, Sew Your Own, was variously described (by other people) as wonderful, amazing, funny, warm, inspiring, moving and utterly brilliant.

Find out more or buy a copy


Coming soon: The Family Project

Genealogy is great, but what about the people who are still living? With my wife Harriet Green, I’m creating a workbook that will help you to capture exactly what makes your own family unique, for publication in 2015.

I'm a speaker

Talks, Workshops, Consultancy

I have spoken at major events in the UK and internationally.

I’ve appeared alongside speakers such as Alain de Botton, Benjamin Zephaniah, Tom Chatfield, Stelios Haj-Iouanni, Roman Krznaric, Rob Da Bank, Rachael Matthews, Philippa Perry, David de Rothschild, Robert Twigger, Cat Stevens, Peter Tatchell, Dan Thompson, and Vivienne Westwood.

“Gave a very moving, inspiring, almost evangelical call to action which sent me a bit mental for a bit. In a good way” – Helen Bagnall, Salon

I have worked with major global companies, as well as professional associations, health service trusts and high security prisons.

View my upcoming events.



I also work with individuals, as a coach. I can help you to find out what makes you tick, what kind of life you want, and how to get it. If you’ve not been coached before, the best thing to do is try it… Email me: john-paul [at] flintoff [dot] org