John-Paul Flintoff

"His sometimes oddball thirst for self-reliance is by turns funny and touching" – Tony Rollinson, Permaculture

I'm a journalist

For several years, I wrote for the Sunday Times (of London). Before that, 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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Here’s the real joke: getting shot down for my Facebook quip

‘I’m very opinionated,” says Emma Sayle. “I say things to provoke debate. But even so, this was a private comment. I wouldn’t have put it on Twitter, for all the world to see.”

In December, Sayle poste…

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I'm an author

WORKBOOK The Family Project

What makes you who you are? Where do you come from? What will you leave behind? With my wife Harriet Green, I’ve created a workbook that will help you to capture exactly what makes your own family unique.


GUIDE How to Change The World

Rodin's thinker reading How To Change The World How To Change The World, published in 14 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


NOVEL What If The Queen Should Die?


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

To find out more, and how YOU could be part of the exciting business of crowd-funding it, click here


MEMOIR Sew Your Own

Sew Your Own Sew Your Own is the true account of my attempt to save the planet by making my own clothes (really!)

It was variously described (by other people) as wonderful, amazing, funny, warm, inspiring, moving and utterly brilliant.


MEMOIR Comp: A Survivor’s Tale

The story of my time as a pupil at one of Britain’s most celebrated/notorious state schools, with a bit of polemic thrown in too. “A marvellous account of growing up rough in West London” (The Times Literary Supplement), “Hilarious, hair-raising” (The Sunday Times)

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, Elizabeth Gilbert, Stelios Haj-Iouanni, Roman Krznaric, Rob Da Bank, Werner Herzog, David de Rothschild, Robert Twigger, Cat Stevens, Peter Tatchell, Piper Kerman 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.


Please join me

Click here to find out how I might work with you, or for details of public 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