Welcome to my website
My name’s James Essinger. In my professional life I’m a writer, editor and publisher. I also sometimes handle public relations projects.
Professionally, I write novels and non-fiction books under my own name and also novels and non-fiction books as a ghost-writer, meaning that I write the books for someone else and that the book is published under that other person’s name. I don’t ask for a co-author credit on the front page, or anywhere else, for a book I ghost-write. If I’m ghost-writing a book for someone, the book becomes their intellectual property and I think it should only have their name on it.
My most recent novel which I wrote under my own name is The Mating Game, published in November 2016. I wrote The Mating Game following an extensive collaboration with my good friend Jovanka Houska, who is an international chess master and the women’s British chess champion. Both our names are on the book. The Mating Game is available from amazon.co.uk and amazon.com as an ebook, and as a paperback from UK bookshops and from amazon.co.uk. It is also available, as a paperback from The Conrad Press website. The book can be posted anywhere in the world if you purchase it from The Conrad Press website, and post-free in the UK. The Mating Game has been optioned for movie-TV production by Hollywood production company SB Entertainment and a screenplay has been written by screenwriter Kevin Marshall
I’ve also written a Young Adult novel, Josh Moonford and the Lost City of Cantia, which is about some bright and (I hope) likeable and entertaining kids who discover an underground Roman world below modern Canterbury. It was published in 2019 by The Conrad Press
Perhaps my best-known book is Ada’s Algorithm a biography of Lord Byron’s daughter, and her enormously important contribution to the history of computing. This book has been published in the UK, the US and in Finnish, Spanish and Polish. It has been optioned for a movie by Monumental Pictures. The book was first published in the UK in 2013 and in the US 2014.
In 2019 I published a new book about Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage: Charles and Ada - the computer's most passionate partnership. This is published by The History Press, which also brought out an edition in the US in 2020.
In December 2015 I founded a new publishing imprint, The Conrad Press, which by June 2020 has 150 books in print or production. If you are interested in submitting a book to the Conrad Press please use the contact form to email me.
I also write occasional journalism and short stories and on occasion I write poetry.
I have an MA degree in English Language and Literature from Oxford University. I studied at Lincoln College.