Stuart Jeffries was born in Wolverhampton in 1962. He used to edit the Walsall Observer's children's page under the pseudonym Uncle Tom. Later he was the jazz critic of the Morning Star under the pseudonym Lew Lewis. He was educated in Dudley, Oxford and London. He is the author of one book, Mrs Slocombe's Pussy: Growing Up in front of the Telly (2000), which was described by the Irish Times as "a highly entertaining social history in a sort of TV-Times-meets-Edward-Said style of writing" and by the Daily Mail as an "hilariously Proustian, witty, entertaining and wholly idiosyncratic study", but which was trashed in the Observer. Indeed, and Stuart doesn't want to go on about this, Kathryn Flett's seething review of the book for the Observer had to be toned down before publication - at least that is what the current editor of the Observer told Stuart.