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Henry Francis Mount (born 1971)[1] is a British author and journalist, who since 2017 has been editor of The Oldie and is a frequent contributor to the Daily Mail,[2] as well as the Daily Telegraph.[3]

Harry Mount
Henry Francis Mount

1971 (age 47–48)
Lambeth, London, England
ResidenceKentish Town, London, England
EducationNorth Bridge House School
Westminster School
Alma materMagdalen College, Oxford
Courtauld Institute
OccupationJournalist, author
Parent(s)Ferdinand Mount
RelativesDavid Cameron (second cousin)

Early lifeEdit

Harry Mount was born in 1971. His father Sir Ferdinand Mount, Bt, FRSL, is also a journalist, and was an advisor to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. One of his second cousins is the former British Prime Minister, David Cameron.

Mount was educated at the North Bridge House School in London, followed by Westminster School and then went up to Magdalen College, University of Oxford, where he read Ancient and Modern History; he graduated with a First.[4] At Oxford he was a member of the Bullingdon Club.[5]

Mount pursued postgraduate studies in Architectural History at the Courtauld Institute receiving an additional MA degree; he then qualified as a barrister, but failed to secure a tenancy in chambers following his pupillage.[6]


Mount worked as a leader writer and a New York correspondent for the Daily Telegraph.[7][8]

He attracted some mild comment in 2004 for refusing to review David Mitchell's widely acclaimed Cloud Atlas for The Sunday Telegraph because he could not finish it, finding it "unreadable."[9]

Personal lifeEdit

Mount resides in Kentish Town, north London.[10]


Mount is the author of several books:

  • My Brief Career, an account of his pupillage at a barristers' chambers.
  • Amo, Amas, Amat ... and All That, published by Hyperion in 2007, was a best-selling popular reference on the Latin language whose title harks back to Sellar and Yeatman's 1066 and All That. Dedicated to his brother (William) and sister (Mary), the book introduced the basics of Latin grammar and combined his own personal memories, Latin references in popular culture, and stories about ancient Rome. In it, he reveals his prep school nickname of "Mons" (Mons, montis m. mountain). Published in the United States as Carpe Diem: Put a Little Latin in Your Life.
  • A Lust for Window Sills, a popular guide to British architecture.
  • How England Made the English - from Hedgerows to Heathrow, a book about the English character and landscape. Published in May 2012 by Viking.

In June 2013, Bloomsbury published The Wit and Wisdom of Boris Johnson, edited and introduced by Mount.

Mount also edited a collection of Auberon Waugh's journalism entitled Closing the Circle.

In July 2015, he published his latest book, Harry's Mount's Odyssey: Ancient Greece in the Footsteps of Odysseus [1](Bloomsbury).

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 28 February 2017.
  2. ^ Mount, Harry. "Contributions". Daily Mail. London. Retrieved 30 December 2012.
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  4. ^ "Drunken hellraising for the super-rich", The Times, 21 October 2008
  5. ^ Lauren Collins, "Young Fogy", The New Yorker, 10 December 2007
  6. ^ The Lawyer
  7. ^ "Harry Mount". The Telegraph. Retrieved 19 September 2018.
  8. ^ "Harry Mount". Retrieved 19 September 2018.
  9. ^ "Literary life". The Daily Telegraph. London. 9 March 2004.
  10. ^ "Proles apart | The Spectator". The Spectator. Retrieved 19 September 2018.

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