John Crace (writer)

John Crace (/ˈkrs/ KRAYSS; born 9 October 1956)[1] is a British journalist and critic. He attended Exeter University.[2] Crace is the author of the "Digested Read" column in The Guardian, and is the newspaper's parliamentary sketch writer, having replaced the late Simon Hoggart in 2014.[3] He is a supporter of Tottenham Hotspur F.C. and has written several books on the club. He blogs for ESPN FC on Tottenham.[4]

Writing in 2019, Crace described his "cold turkey" rehabilitation from heroin addiction 32 years previously.[5][6]


  • Wasim and Waqar: Imran's Inheritors (1992)
  • The Digested Read (2005)
  • Vertigo: Spurs, Bale and One Fan's Fear of Success (2011)
  • Brideshead Abbreviated: The Digested Read of the Twentieth Century (2012)
  • Harry's Games: Inside the Mind of Harry Redknapp (2013)
  • The Digested Twenty-first Century (2014)
  • I, Maybot: The Rise and Fall. Guardian Faber Publishing. 2 November 2017. ISBN 978-1783351435.

See also

  • Maybot – a name created by Crace for Theresa May


  1. "On Brexit, I was out of time and out of ideas. But elsewhere in life? Hopefully not". The Guardian. London. 11 October 2019. Retrieved 11 October 2019.
  2. "How the experience of being at university has changed". The Guardian. London. 20 October 2009. Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  3. "John Crace – Profile". The Guardian. London. 6 November 2014. Retrieved 6 November 2014.
  4. "Tottenham Hotspur Blog – EPSN FC". ESPN FC. 6 November 2014. Retrieved 6 November 2014.
  5. Crace, John (15 February 2019). "And the award for most incompetent minister goes to … | John Crace". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 February 2019.
  6. Crace, John (25 March 2019). "How I overcame my heroin addiction – and started to live". The Guardian.

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