Philipp Blom was born in 1970 in Hamburg and grew up in Detmold, in Germany. After university studies in Vienna and Oxford, he obtained a D.Phil in Modern History. He started writing at Oxford and published a novel as well as occasional journalism. After university, he worked in London as an editor, translator, writer and freelance journalist, contributing to newspapers, magazines and radio programmes in Great Britain, the US, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, the Netherlands, and France.
In 2001, Philipp Blom moved to Paris to concentrate on his books. In 2007 he settled in Vienna, where he continues to write historical nonfiction as well as fiction, and journalism. He presents a cultural discussion programme on Austrian national radio and has lectured on philosophy and cultural history in Europe, the US, and South America. He is married to Veronica Buckley, who is also a writer.
Philipp’s current project is „At Breaking Point“ – a historical overview of culture and life during the inter-War period in Europe and the United States.
The Vertigo Years - Prize Winner, NDR Nonfiction Prize 2009, Germany
The Vertigo Years - Prize Winner, De Groene Waterman Prijs 2010, Belgium
The Wicked Company - Prize Winner, Gleim Prize 2011, Germany
The Wicked Company - Historical book of the year 2011, Damals Magazin
2006 Luxor (Tisch 7, Cologne, 2006)
1995 The Simmons Papers (Faber & Faber, London, Berlin Verlag, Berlin)
Hugh Johnson’s Wine Guide 2008 - 2011 (Austria)
Wine Report 2009 (Austria)
2000 The Wines of Austria (Faber & Faber, London, new edition: Mitchell Beazley, London, 2006)
Translations for the stage
The Producers (translation lyrics), Etablissement Ronacher, June 2008
La Colombe (an opera by Charles Gounod) into German. Schönbrunn Theatre, Vienna, March, 2008 Opera libretto
Soliman (libretto), a project with the composer Joost van Kerkhooven
German: Neue Züricher Zeitung, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Berliner Zeitung, Die Zeit, Financial Times Deutschland, Der Standard, die Tageszeitung
English: The Financial Times, The Independent, The Guardian, Times Literary Supplement, Sunday Telegrap, Decanter Magazine, Watch International, Wine & Spirits, BBC History Magazine
French: Revue de vin de France
Dutch : Vrij Nederland
Austrian National radio (Philipp regularly presents a live cultural programme on Austria’s Ö1), BBC, German radio stations (DLF, SWR, WDR, NDR, HR).
Historical nonfiction and essay
The Wicked Company
a history of the radical Enlightenment in France
Der taumelnde Kontinent (Hanser, Munich)
The Vertigo Years (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London) also published in USA, Canada, Germany, Spain, Netherlands, Estonia
Encyclopédie (Fourth Estate) Foreign editions: USA, Brazil, Spain, Germany
Sammelwunder, Sammelwahn (Andere Bibliothek, Eichborn)
To Have and to Hold (Allan Lane/Penguin). Translations and foreign editions: USA, Brazil, South Korea, Germany, France.