John-Paul Flintoff

"It's not often we have a paragon on the show... Very funny" – Jane Garvey, BBC Woman's Hour

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. See also this.

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

The latest post is here.

The archive is here.

Earlier this year, I was given a fiendish challenge. To combine my interest in conversation, mindfulness and coaching – in a range of commercial homeware. This 3 min film shows what happened.

I also make handmade-books, and teach others to do the same.

I'm an author

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

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.

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)

NOVEL What If The Queen Should Die?

My first novel is a literary-historical comedy-thriller. I asked 25 people to review the manuscript. To see what they said, click here

MAP: What’s Bugging You?

I joined forces with Mapology Guides to create a problem-solving map. In designing it, we kept coming up against things that bugged us, and having to find ways to fix them. Which was, of course, delightfully, the whole point.

I'm a speaker

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

To find out more about my public events, click here.

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

If you are looking for a speaker on making change happen, creativity and collaboration, or communication, please get in touch.

You can read more here.

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