Ian Thornton read Business Studies and German at Sheffield University between 1986 and 1989, where he earned a First-Class B.A. (Hons).
He has lived in many places including California, Costa Rica, Australia, Mexico, London, and his native and beloved Yorkshire before moving to Toronto in 2009.
In the 90s, Ian worked for Broadcast, TV World and Variety magazines. He is a co-founder of the global television industry publisher and market-leader, C21 Media.
His first novel, The Great and Calamitous Tale of Johan Thoms was published by Simon & Schuster in Canada in 2013, and, a year later, by HarperCollins in the U.K., U.S., and the Commonwealth. It was translated across Europe, taught at the Sorbonne, and received a Kirkus Star. https://www.ian-thornton.com/johan-thoms
Ian covered the Royal wedding in London for CTV, Canada’s premier independent broadcaster, and has written for Wisden Cricketer, The Guardian, The Hindu and the Soho House magazine, House. He also wrote on the football World Cup in South Africa for the Canadian sports channel, The Score, and has worked for Queen’s University in Ontario, where the project was presented at the White House as part of President Obama’s new media initiative.
Ian is the official biographer of the Compton cricket club in California and has been a judge on the largest Latin American film festival, Expresion en Corto. He also edited and wrote for the leading San Miguel de Allende tourist guide and website, Portal San Miguel.
His second novel, The Deaths and Afterlife of Aleister Crowley was published to a fanfare in late 2019.
His third book, My Year of Living Anonymously is near completion, and an accompanying documentary feature will have its broadcast premiere on TVO in Canada in 2021. The scripted drama version of Ian’s astonishing true-life story of his remarkable and accidental friendship with the world’s most notorious hacker is next.
Ian lives in Toronto with his wife, Heather Gordon, and their two children, Laszlo and Clementine.
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