Will Brooker was born in Coventry in 1970 and grew up in South-East London. His first professional work, an article in Crash computer games magazine, was published in 1988 when he was at Kidbrooke Comprehensive school. His first major book was Batman Unmasked, a cultural history of the iconic character, published in 1999, which he followed with studies of Star Wars and its fans, the changing meanings of Alice in Wonderland, Blade Runner and its sequels, 1980s computer games, and the films of Christopher Nolan.
In 2015, his year-long immersion into the life and career of David Bowie attracted global media attention and resulted in two books, the more scholarly Forever Stardust and Why Bowie Matters, for a popular readership. His subsequent book, The Truth About Lisa Jewell, followed another year-long project, shadowing the best-selling author as she completed her 20th novel. Will has written for a wide number of publications and made multiple media appearances. He has worked at Kingston University since 2005 and became Professor of Film and Cultural Studies in 2012. He now lives in Surrey with his family.
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