Benson’s career began at the Beverley Guardian, in his native Yorkshire, in 1989. In the Nineties, he was editor of The Face, and in 2005 he published The Farm, a memoir of his family that was a Radio Four Book of the Week, shortlisted for The Guardian First Book Award, and a number one bestseller. The Valley, about British coal miners won the James Tait Black Prize for Biography. Benson is a contributing editor to Esquire and also writes for The Daily Telegraph and others. This issue, he writes about the secret life of the minibar.