Jeremy Dummett is a British national brought up in Melbourne, Australia, where he attended Geelong Grammar School. He went on to read history at Trinity College, Cambridge. During a long vacation he took a course in Italian at Perugia University which started a lifelong interest in Italy. He has maintained contacts with the country ever since and is fluent in Italian.
His professional career was spent in marketing with international companies, in particular Ogilvy & Mather and American Express. He was based in Athens for two years and in Milan, on different occasions, for over ten years. He also worked in the City of London.
Retired in 2002, he began to explore Sicily where he became fascinated with Syracuse. Finding no book that told the story of the city and its monuments, he decided to write one himself. The project brought together a number of his long term interests: Italy, the Mediterranean, history and travel writing. His first book, Syracuse, City of Legends, was published by I.B. Tauris in 2010. A similar project developed on the history and monuments of Palermo, resulting in the publication of Palermo, City of Kings in 2015. He is currently preparing a collection of wide ranging essays on the history and culture of Sicily.
Married to Hermione, with three sons and four grandchildren
Lives in Islington, London