Jon Franklin was born in Harrow, Greater London, in 1963. Shouting The Odds is his debut novel and his inspiration for writing it comes from over thirty years experience of the betting and racing industry, ten years as an employee of The William Hill Organisation, followed by twenty-two years as a professional racecourse photographer.
Jon got his first job at William Hill in 1987. It was his first experience of the racing and betting world, a world that has fascinated him ever since. During the years that followed, he worked at several betting shops in the West London area including the William Hill branch on Hanger Lane of which he became manager. Other than racing and betting, Jon’s other passion in life was photography and following a re-think about his future, he successfully applied for a place on the degree course at Nottingham Trent University in 1994, where he supported himself financially by continuing to work at William Hill part-time.
During his penultimate year at University, The Independent on Saturday Magazine published a portfolio of his photographs that documented racecourse life in Britain. Jon graduated in 1997 and his first break as a racecourse photographer came via Lord March, owner of The Goodwood Estate. Thus began a twenty-year career as photographer of the ‘Glorious Goodwood’ meeting on Goodwood Estate’s behalf. After relocating to Sweden, Jon’s association with Goodwood led to further work from many of the UK and Ireland’s leading racecourses such as Aintree, Ascot, Cheltenham, Epsom, Haydock, Newmarket, Sandown Park and Punchestown among others; before acquiring new clients in Scandinavia such as Jägersro, Täby and Övrevoll.
Jon has written about his experiences as a racecourse photographer in The British Journal of Photography Magazine and Gallop International Magazine, for whom he has also translated articles about racing from Swedish into English.
He lives in Malmö, Sweden with his wife Annika and their daughter Linnea.