Amy Raphael was born in London in 1967 and now lives in Brighton. She worked as Features Editor on The Face and then Elle in the early 90s and as Editor at Large on Esquire in the mid-90s. She has freelanced for NME, Spin, The Telegraph, Harper’s Bazaar, Rolling Stone (Germany), Sight and Sound, The Radio Times, Psychologies and The Evening Standard and now writes for Esquire Weekly, The Times, The Guardian, The Observer, The Radio Times and The Quarterly.
Her first book, Never Mind the Bollocks: Women Rewrite Rock, was published by Virago in 1995. She conducted the conversations and edited Mike Leigh on Mike Leigh, which was published by Faber and Faber in 2008. She has also contributed to the The Rolling Stone Book of Women in Rock and Perfect Pitch, a series of books about football, and has chaired Q&As with Mike Leigh, Danny Boyle, AR Rahman, James Franco, Peter Mullan, Laurie Anderson and Michael Pitt.
An updated edition of the Danny Boyle biography, including an extensive chapter on the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games, was published by Faber in April 2013. Click here to pre-order.
Amy Raphael recently worked with David Hare on his autobiography, also for Faber. She is currently working with Steve Coogan on his autobiography, to be published by Random House in October 2015.