Quentin Letts is a journalist and theatre critic perhaps best known as The Daily Mail’s parliamentary sketch writer. He’s a prolific contributor to the news and magazine press including The Telegraph, New Statesman and formerly, The Times. He regularly appears on television progammes such as This Week, Newsnight, Have I Got News For You and Question Time.
His writing career has included writing and editing newspaper diaries such as the Evening Standard’s Londoner’s Diary and heading up the Daily Telegraph’s Peterborough Column for four years. Letts has worked as New York correspondent for both The Telegraph and The Times, returning to the UK to take up sketch-writing for the Daily Telegraph. Letts was lured to the Daily Mail by Editor Paul Dacre to revive parliamentary sketches in the paper.
Quentin Letts is a proudly, self-confessed middle-class scratcher renowned for his mastery of the vituperative arts. He is a highly acclaimed yet controversial author. The first of his three books, 50 People Who Buggered Up Britain, reached number 3 on the Independent’s politics and current affairs bestseller list when it was published in 2009. In Bog-Standard Britain (2010) he attacks what he sees as Britain’s culture of mediocrity and Letts Rip! is a collection of anguished and often snortingly funny political sketches and journalism.
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