Bookshelf is edited and published by Alex Johnson who is part of The Independent newspaper's online team and the founding editor/publisher of the internationally popular blog Shedworking. He has written various books about books including Bookshelf (the book of this blog) and Improbable Libraries, both published by Thames & Hudson. Others include The Book of Book Lists (The British Library), Book Towns (Frances Lincoln), Shelf Life (The British Library), two Writers' Trumps games (Laurence King), and most recently How To Give Your Child A Lifelong Love Of Reading (The British Library) and Edward Lear and the Pussy Cat: Famous Writers and Their Pets (The British Library). His book Writers' Rooms will be published by Frances Lincoln in 2022. He has also written books about art, food, and music. Details on all of these are available on his personal website here.

Alex is an experienced journalist who has been editing, writing and designing for national magazines, newspapers and charities - including The Primary Club, Crohn's and Colitis UK, Age Concern and the Mentoring and Befriending Foundation - for the last two decades in the UK and Spain. He currently writes two columns for The Idler magazine and is the UK correspondent for Fine Books & Collections magazine.