Mathew was born in North West London. He studied English Language and Literature at Leeds University, where he also went on to take an MA in Renaissance Literature.
His most recent book, The Favourite, the first book-length exploration of the love affair between Walter Ralegh and Elizabeth I, was published by Constable in March 2011. The paperback edition will be out in June 2012.
Mathew’s previous book, Impossible Journeys, was compared by The Guardian to a ‘non-fiction Calvino’. It has been a Folio Society bestseller since publication in 2010.
Mathew has been interviewed about his work on Robert Elms’ show on BBC Radio London and by Sandi Toksvig on LBC, as well by John Nicholson on the ITN News Channel.
He has also appeared on a wide range of regional radio stations, including BBC Radio Wiltshire, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cornwall, BBC Radio Gloucestershire, BBC Radio Oxford, BBC Radio Jersey, BBC Radio Bristol, and BBC Radio Manchester (GMR).
Mathew has a column in History Today magazine and has been profiled in The Yorkshire Post and The Herald in Scotland.
Mathew is a member of the Historical Writers Association and London Historians.