John Martineau

JOHN MARTINEAU graduated in Philosophy from Bristol University and spent a few years in the early computer games industry before completing a Master’s degree at the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts.

John’s project at the School was focused on geometry and harmony in the solar system, and culminated in his Book of Coincidence, which he published under a new imprint, Wooden Books (for which fellow student Mark Mills designed the logo). After leaving the School he developed Wooden Books further, inviting other alumni and friends, such as Daud Sutton and Professor Scott Olsen, to help create a small series of books specialising in the age-old themes he studied at the Prince’s School.

Wooden Books now lists more than 60 titles, with 2.5 million printed copies in 25 languages; in 2007, it won Best Non-Fiction Series at the New York Book Show.