Jonathan Self (born 1959) is an author and journalist. He began his career as an advertising copywriter and founded Self Direct, a direct marketing agency in 1982. He sold his business in 1993 in order to raise his three children. He published his autobiography, Self Abuse, in 2001, The Teenager’s Guide to Money in 2007 and Honey’s Natural Feeding Handbook for Dogs in 2012. Self has written extensively for the British media including Country Life, The Times, The Daily Telegraph and The Mail on Sunday. In 2009 he collaborated with Arabella Lennox-Boyd on Welcome to Dream Acres a major Country Life series about landscape gardening.[1]

Self is a trustee of the World Land Trust, an environmental charity, and one of the founders of Honey’s Real Dog Food, an artisan dog food business. His brother is the novelist and broadcaster, Will Self.[2] His father was the author, Peter Self.

In 1982 he was briefly married to the artist Jo Self, who is the mother of his eldest son Nathaniel Self. He also has two children, Jack and Albert Self, by the Australian journalist Perrie Croshaw. On 1 December 2008, he and Marianne Van Pelt celebrated their marriage in Grand Central Station, the site of their first meeting. Since then their family home has been in County Cork, Ireland.


  • Self Abuse (2001) Self’s memoir dealing with the loss of his childhood
  • The Teenager’s Guide to Money (2007) plain English personal finance guide for teenagers
  • Honey’s Natural Feeding Handbook for Dogs (2012) a guide to biologically appropriate diets for dogs


  1. "Welcome to Dream Acres". 05 May 2009.
  2. Neustatter, Angela (18 October 2007). "Relative Values: Jonathan Self and his brother Will". The Sunday Times.

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