Edward Brooke-Hitching

Edward Brooke-Hitching is the author of the critically acclaimed books The Phantom Atlas (2016), which has been translated into nine languages, and Fox Tossing, Octopus Wrestling and Other Forgotten Sports . The son of Franklin Brooke-Hitching, collector of the largest and most comprehensive library of British exploration and discovery ever accumulated, he is also a writer for the BBC series QI and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. He lives in London. 

Books by this Author

Fox Tossing


My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. ‘While I breathe, I hope.’ - Cicero. Also, ‘Eat first, ask questions later.’

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?


Seeing a book you’ve written sitting on your parents’ bookshelf.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Sinkholes. I could give you something profound about solitude or failure, but no. Sinkholes. They can open up anywhere.

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. Where I currently live, London. Cold, wet, gloriously grey London.

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. In his lifetime my father sped across the Sahara on a scooter, learned Kendo in Japan, travelled with conmen through South America, dated Sandra Dee, and as a rare book dealer put together the greatest collection on British exploration the world has ever seen. But to answer your question, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson.

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