About the Author

John has written two full length books – a novel and a travel book – as well as a popular short story for children. He is a freelance writer in many disciplines, and a regular staff writer with the long-running and highly popular site, RedOrbit.

John Hopton author and freelance writer

Books and Stories

Following Football

Following Football is the story of a journey across the planet, travelling 27,000 miles on four continents, on my way to the World Cup in Brazil.

It looks at football around the world, picking up fascinating facts and exploring the funny, occasionally ridiculous side of the beautiful game.

It is available from Amazon on Kindle and in paperback.

Three Little Boys

When the fate of a child is affected, before it has even flopped its way into the world, by a finger football tournament the father had twenty years earlier, some questions should be asked of that father’s suitability.

A novel about men and pregnancy, men and their mates, men and their music. About aborted trips to the fish shop and abominable trips to India. This is the story of why some little boys are never allowed to look after the school hamster.

Three Little Boys is available from Amazon on Kindle.

Three Cold Rabbits

My short story for children, Two Cold Rabbits, was published on the site childrens-stories.net. Their feet are cold, but their hearts are warm.

Please note that the site edited the story for punctuation etc.

The site’s readers gave me five stars for it, which I am very grateful for.

Read Two Cold Rabbits here.

Freelance Writing

Hemispheres magazine

I was recently published to a potential 12 million readers in Hemispheres, the in-flight magazine of United Airlines. The piece was about train obsessives in Japan. You think our train spotters are weird? I have also recently completed several city guides for a major expat advice site.

I am a staff writer with the long-running and popular science, tech and health site RedOrbit. The site has hundreds of thousands of readers every day, and I have enhanced journalistic skills through interviewing high-profile people and finding interesting stories. Here is a sample, about how speaking in a made-up language can help with mental disorders and is generally very beneficial.

Writing for many other clients, I have delivered travel, lifestyle, entertainment and comedy content. Here is a piece for the TechDigg website on the brilliant S-Town podcast.

Using the latest techniques in SEO has been part of much of this work, as has promoting content on social media in creative ways.

Please feel free to contact me in regard to freelance work at moc.l1545008189iamg@1545008189ekahs1545008189dnaht1545008189nhoj1545008189


Recent interviews include:

Levison Wood

Levison Wood walked the entire length of the River Nile, crossing war zones and encountering incredible hardships and stunning beauty along the banks of the world’s longest river. I spoke to him about what kept him going, and the time he spent with the remarkable Mundari tribe in South Sudan. Walking the Nile was shown on Channel 4 in the UK and Animal Planet in the US.

Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain is probably the world’s coolest chef. A bon viveur who shot to fame with his book Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, Anthony is now best known for food-travel shows like CNN’s Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.spoke to him about his show Raw Craft, in which he crosses the United States meeting craftspeople who are doing things the old way (and that doesn’t mean hipster craft beer).

Patrick Forbes

Patrick Forbes is a BAFTA-winning director whose film The Widowmaker reveals how millions of people could have been saved from heart attacks if only the commercialised American healthcare system had promoted a simple scan for heart problems. The movie is narrated by Gillian Anderson. Here are the movie and the article.

Alison Levine

I chatted with New York Times best-selling author and Everest veteran Alison Levine about her adventures. Alison is a renowned leadership expert, and she has appeared on CBS 60 Minutes and many other major TV shows, including on a panel with General Wesley Clark.

Eric Klinenberg

Eric Klinenberg was featured on the cover of Time Magazine for their “#1 idea that is changing your life” – the idea being contained in his book Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone. People who live alone already make up 28 percent of all US households, which makes them more common than any other domestic unit, including the nuclear family. But this is no bad thing, says Klinenberg.

Ed Cooke

Ed Cooke is a Grandmaster of Memory, one of only 149 in the world. Founder of the site Memrise, he is a world leader in the subject of memory. We spoke for three different articles on the subjects of how dirty thoughts can improve your memory, the science of memory, and on CNN anchor Brian Williams “misremembering” being shot down in a helicopter in Iraq.

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