Chris Deary writer / editor / content strategist

Chris Deary
BIO

I'm a Creative Director at Zone, a digital agency based in London, Bristol and Cologne. I oversee the creation of digital content, campaigns and strategies for our international client group, including Maersk and Aviva. I've also been creative lead on projects for BT, Channel 4, the London School of Economics, the Co-Op Bank, the Nike Foundation, the British Red Cross, Prostate Cancer UK and Action on Hearing Loss.

I've worked in media and marketing for over 10 years. As a journalist I wrote for The Guardian, Huffington Post, Manchester Evening News and a number of sports and lifestyle magazines before moving into digital at News UK, where I managed online communities for The Sun, News of the World and London Paper.

A stint at Hearst Magazines launching social media projects for Cosmopolitan was followed by three years at the climate change charity Global Cool, where I headed up content production for digital partnerships with Vodafone, Eurostar and various music festivals.

I live and work in Bristol.

THINGS CAN ONLY GET BETTER

Things Can Only Get Better, my debut novel, is a bittersweet exploration of adolescent friendship, Catholic guilt and the failure of Cool Britannia.

As Blairite optimism erodes into the War on Terror, the financial crisis and the perpetual march of internet individualism, Pete and Brett fall into an adulthood of unfulfilled promise.

Pete lives with his reclusive mum who irons shirts just to keep Jesus happy. Brett works in Burger King because his bleached mohican and profuse sweating make him unemployable anywhere else. They’re struggling to finally bury the twentieth century; struggling to stop their friendship being (nearly) dead.