Helen Lewis is a staff writer at the Atlantic, and the host of Radio 4’s The Spark. She was formerly deputy editor at the New Statesman and the 2018/19 Women in the Humanities Honorary Writing Fellow at Oxford University. Her first book, Difficult Women, was published in February 2020. It was a Sunday Times bestseller and a Guardian, Times, Telegraph and Financial Times book of the year. She is now writing a book on genius for Jonathan Cape, scheduled for publication in 2023.
Helen has also written for the Sunday Times, British Elle, the New York Times, Vogue, the Financial Times, the Observer, the Times and the Guardian. She is a frequent panellist on Radio 4’s News Quiz and BBC One’s Have I Got News For You. She appeared on Adam Buxton’s podcast in July 2020. Her GQ interview with Jordan Peterson received more than 19 million views.
Helen studied English Language and Literature at Oxford University, 2001-2004, and studied for an MA in English Literature from the Open University while working night shifts in her first job. She is a trustee of the Geddes Prize, and on the steering committee for the Reuters Institute for Journalism. She was formerly chair of trustees at the Hackney-based rape and domestic violence charity, Nia, and deputy chair of Women in Journalism.
Her literary agent is Sarah Chalfant at the Wylie Agency and her screen agent is Jessica Sykes at Independent Talent Group.