John Hamilton.

It is with overwhelming sadness that I find myself bitterly heartbroken by the sudden death of John Hamilton, the art director for my first book A Girl Called Jack, at Penguin (now Penguin Random House).

John was the man who gave that book, and my burgeoning career as a food writer, such life and vivid colour that I can scarcely believe his is gone.

We spent days holding our stomachs with cheeky guffaws and inside jokes, comparing tattoos on our forearms, missing deadlines together, infuriating editors and publishers, doing our own shit at our own pace in our own ways.

In the terrifying transition from single mum on the dole to bestselling published author, John was my compadre, a wicked grin in a scratchy beard, a fellow plaid shirt, a gives-no-fucks expletive-laden maverick. I once playfully threw a book at him for making the cover candy pink. He threw it right back, but changed it. Ironically that pink is now my favourite colour, and I wrote to him a while back to tell him so.

I adored him, and my heart will hold a little of this chromatic, brazen, and soft-hearted Glaswegian friend forever.

Photo by Charlie Clift for the Saturday Independent magazine. Spirit and sass, models own.

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Jack Monroe is an award winning food writer and bestselling author. Books include A Girl Called Jack, A Year In 120 Recipes and Cooking On A Bootstrap. She has won the Fortnum & Mason Food and Drink award (ironically), the Observer Food Monthly Best Food Blog, Marie Claire 'Woman At The Top', Red Magazine's 'Red Hot Women', the YMCA Courage & Inspiration Award, the Woman Of The Year Entrepreneur award, the Women Of The Future media award and many more. She works with Oxfam, the Trussell Trust, Child Poverty Action Group, Plan Zheroes, the Food Chain and many food banks, schools and childrens centres to teach people to cook and eat well on a low income, and campaigns against the causes of poverty and austerity in Britain and abroad.