After a career in the diplomatic service he became a writer, particularly on history, art and travel subjects. His many books include acclaimed works on Venice, Byzantium, Mount Athos, the Normans, Shakespeare, the Popes, architecture and Glyndebourne (Fifty Years of Glyndebourne), and his Christmas Crackers collections of trivia and witticisms. He has edited the diaries of his father, Duff Cooper, 1st Viscount Norwich, and letters from his famously glamorous mother, Lady Diana Cooper (Darling Monster: The Letters of Lady Diana Cooper to Her Son John Julius Norwich). As a distinguished and popular broadcaster on television and radio he has written and presented some thirty television documentaries on art, architecture and history subjects, and is fondly remembered for his wit and erudition by listeners to the BBC radio programmes My Word! and Round Britain Quiz. He has chaired or served on the committees of numerous charitable projects, including those concerned with Venice, world monuments, fine arts, the disabled, the National Trust and English National Opera. He is a regular speaker at lunches and dinners and in 2006 and 2007 he gave one-man shows in two London theatres. Kindly supported by Victoria Walsh-Hamer.
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