Jonathan Black is the nom de plume of Mark Booth. He was educated at Ipswich School and Oriel College, Oxford, where he studied Philosophy and Theology. He has worked in publishing for over 20 years, and is currently Publishing Director of Coronet, an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton.
His first book The Secret History of the World was published by Quercus in 2007. It is the outcome of a lifetime spent reading literature in this area, publishing many of the leading authors in the field and hanging around antiquarian bookshops. His next book The Sacred History, a history of the world through the spiritual dimension, was published in 2013.