Simon Hattenstone

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Full name: Simon Hattenstone

Area of interest: Sports, arts and film

Journals/Organisation: The Guardian


Personal website:


Blog: comment is free/Simon Hattenstone





Education: Leeds University: BA Hons English; PGCE

Career: GP Magazine: sub-editor; Evening Standard: mac operator; 1990-2000 Guardian: sub-editor, film editor, assistant arts editor, writer

Current position/role: features writer and sports columnist

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Broadcast media:

Video: Brits Abroad BBC; The Curse of Noel Edmonds Channel 5


Awards/Honours: shortlisted: UK press awards interviewer of the year 1997

Scoops: One of the few people to have interviewed 'graffiti artist' Banksy face-to-face: Something to spray - You may not have heard of him, but you've probably seen his work. From policemen with smiley faces to the Pulp Fiction killers firing bananas, Banksy's subversive images are daubed on walls everywhere - and now he's putting on an exhibition - 17th July 2003

Other: Manchester City fan

Books & Debate:

  • Ronnie: the autobiography of Ronnie O'Sullivan OCLC51271367 , 2003
  • Steve and me: my friendship with Stephen Lawrence and the search for justice OCLC51271967 , 2003
  • Out of it : the story of a boy who went to bed with a headache and woke up three years later OCLC42003295 , 1998

Latest work: The best of times: what became of the heroes of '66? ISBN 0-852-65064-7 , 2006



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Section: sport




Website: comment is free/Simon Hattenstone; The Guardian/Simon Hattenstone

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Day published: Wednesday


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  • also an occasional features writer for Weekend Guardian


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Articles: 2007

  • Murdoch's masters of alliteration have slapped us silly - 19th December 2007
  • Which way, Jose? - The ex-Chelsea manager clearly has the skills for any job: Hollywood star, Middle East envoy, contract killer... - 20th September 2007
  • The celebrity interview is dead - Lennon's attack on McCartney, Nixon's near-confession, Bacon's revelations: none of these could have happened today - 10th September 2007
  • No level playing field - The Foreign Office ruling that has refused entry visas to a Palestinian football team is unfair, illogical and plain prejudiced - 24th August 2007
  • Tea and sympathy - Modern offices are soulless, unfriendly places. No wonder workers yearn for the days when we all took lunch breaks and mingled by the tea trolley - 15th August 2007
  • A matter of life and death - As Clausewitz ought to have said, football is war pursued by other means. Discuss. - 7th July 2007
  • Citizen Sven - Sven Goran-Eriksson's pas-de-deux with Manchester City over the manager's job is good comedy, but distracts us from the real issue - 27th June 2007
  • Bally the kid - Alan Ball epitomised the spirit of '66: keen, dynamic and with an indomitable sense of fun - 25th April 2007
  • O'Sullivan's travails - Ronnie's return to form was magnificent. But his greatest quality as a sportsman will always be his uncompromising honesty - 22nd January 2007

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