John Batchelor is Emeritus Professor of English at Newcastle University and a former tutorial Fellow of New College Oxford. He has now returned to Oxford and is a member of the Senior Common Room at New College.
In a long writing career he has moved away from academic books to books for the general reader. His recent work includes The Life of Joseph Conrad: A Critical Biography (Blackwell, 1995), John Ruskin: No Wealth but Life (Chatto & Windus, 2000), Lady Trevelyan and the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood (Chatto & Windus, 2006) and Tennyson, to strive, to seek, to find (Chatto & Windus, 2012). He is now writing a book on Rudyard Kipling and the making of the Just so Stories for Yale University Press (2019).