Jonathan Mantle

Companies That Changed The World  Bulgaria, Netherlands, South Korea, UK, Russia

Jonathan’s trade books have been published in sixteen languages and thirty countries.

Companies That Changed the World has been translated into Russian, Dutch, Bahasa Indonesian, Bulgarian, Korean, Chinese and Hebrew and is available on Kindle. ‘A great read about significant companies impacting our development… I was inspired.’ Amazon 5 star reviewer.

Benetton: The Family, the Business and the Brand was described by the Financial Times as ‘A classic rags to riches story’ and was translated into Portugese, Chinese, Russian, Dutch, Italian, German and Japanese. The book is widely referenced by business schools and colleges around the world.

Car Wars: The International Giants and the World They Made was described as ‘the first true biography of the automobile’ and was an American Book of the Month Club Choice. Top Gear’s James May described it as ‘the one car book you can read on the beach.’ Car Wars was translated into many languages including Spanish, Dutch, Czech, Korean, Chinese and Japanese and is widely searched on the internet.

For Whom the Bell Tolls: The Lessons of Lloyd’s of London was a Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller and received worldwide attention including threats from fugitive Lloyd’s figures in Miami and an invitation to meet the FBI: ‘Mantle has a riveting tale to tell’ London Review of Books.

Fool’s Gold: Tales from the Last Days of the Credit Culture was described as ‘A timely and important book’. 

Archbishop: A Portrait of Robert Runcie was favourably reviewed in the Times by Rowan Williams, later Archbishop of Canterbury. Robert Runcie preferred it to the ‘authorised’ biographies of him and took copies on his travels, one of which he gave to the Pope: ‘Robert used to ring me up when he had to deliver a sermon on the ethics of capitalism. I said it was going to be a very short sermon.’  

Fanfare: The Unauthorised Biography of Andrew Lloyd Webber was also a bestseller.  

In For a Penny: The Unauthorised Biography of Jeffrey Archer was a Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller: as the Spectator wrote ‘You will find it impossible to put this book down.’ 

Jonathan has spoken about his work at book fairs, sales conferences, book clubs, schools and universities and on TV and radio around the world: ‘The biggest was the Taipei International Book Fair - there were thousands of people out there – it was like a football stadium. The scariest was careers day at my daughter’s school in Highgate.’  

Jonathan has written the stories of many businesses and enterprises from whisky distillers, shipping, oil and gas companies and global real estate, to manufacturing, engineering, insurance, disability and housing associations: 'Business and enterprise create the wealth and stability of a country. All too often their stories go untold. I am evangelical about this and I work in multiple media with clients of all kinds on story and identity.'

‘The book looks terrific and has been much admired by everyone who has seen it.’ John Denholm, Chairman J&J Denholm.

‘This book teaches all of us that the vision of one strong individual can change the world… I commend the story of Leonard Cheshire Disability and their work to you.’ Her Majesty the Queen, Patron of Leonard Cheshire Disability.

‘A class act - and I say that about once a year.’ Nick Linney, Chairman Linney Group.

'The Diamond 'D': A Celebration of 150 Years of J & J Denholm is the first contract book to be researched, written, designed and produced by Jonathan and Barnaby Newbolt's imprint Profile Press.    

Journalism  Early work included reviews for the London magazine City Limits: ‘They were so left-wing that I pretended to be a Communist. When I started writing reviews that were true to myself, they said my earlier reviews were much better.’’ 

Features for the Listener, Observer, Sunday Times Magazine and Radio Times followed, including an interview with David Bowie for Vogue with photographs by Snowdon: ‘There were three of us on the ‘Heroes’ tour, two bisexuals and me. Bowie was a gentleman and Snowdon was the most underrated and pioneering photographer – a great artist and a complex man – you could say that of both.’
For the full interview see   

An expose of the tax avoidance of the Duchy of Cornwall in Harpers & Queen led to questions in Parliament and a change in the Duchy’s accounting practices. Evening Standard leaders and investigative pieces followed. After a break from journalism of twenty years Jonathan does research for a UK national newspaper and writes for South China Morning Post.

Read Jonathan’s articles on why a car can be the symbol of a nation’s identity at

Archive Jonathan’s archive spans the print, video, pre-internet, internet and digital eras. Work is ongoing to digitise and upload selected items.  

Work in progress includes contract writing projects with private individuals, novels The River Tenants and Randomised, a biography of John Galsworthy and a family memoir Border Man