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Andrew Brown (writer)

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Language  English
Name  Andrew Brown
Nationality  British
Role  Journalist

Citizenship  United Kingdom
Notable awards  Orwell Prize
Notable works  Fishing in Utopia
Awards  Orwell Prize for Books
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Occupation  Writer, Journalist, Editor
Books  Fishing in Utopia: Sweden, Darwin Wars:, In the Beginning Was the, Autistic Shoes ‑ Evolution, Trials of Honeyford

Andrew Brown (born 1955 in London) is a British journalist, writer, and editor. He was one of the founding staff members of The Independent, where he worked as religious correspondent, parliamentary sketch writer, and a feature writer. He has written extensively on technology for Prospect and the New Statesman and been a feature writer on the Guardian. He has worked as the editor for the Belief section of the The Guardian's Comment is Free which won a Webby under his leadership and is currently a leader writer and member of the paper's editorial board. He is also the press columnist of the Church Times. In The Beginning was the Worm (2004) was shortlisted for the Aventis Prize. Fishing in Utopia (2008) won the Orwell Prize and was nominated for the Dolman Best Travel Book Award in 2009.


English Wikipedia

Andrew Brown fears English Wikipedia has outcompeted rival encyclopedias and problems that lead to criticism of Wikipedia will continue. Brown fears "charlatans and liars" have most to gain from editing Wikipedia and potential idealistic contributors are discouraged due to difficulties editing the site especially through smartphones.

New Atheism

Brown has been a fierce critic of the New Atheists. He has attacked Sam Harris for his advocacy of torture, and Richard Dawkins for the cult of personality that has grown around him. He is sceptical of the concept of memes.


Brown has described himself as someone for whom "Christianity is only true backwards." He has written that he is "constantly astonished by the way in which the Church of England contains such a large number of clever, learned and dedicated people giving their lives to an institution that is none of those things."

Awards and nominations

  • 1994 John Templeton European Religion Writer of the Year
  • 2004 Aventis Prize for In The Beginning was the Worm, nominated
  • 2009 Dolman Best Travel Book Award for Fishing in Utopia, nominated
  • 2009 Orwell Prize for Fishing in Utopia, won
  • References

    Andrew Brown (writer) Wikipedia

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