I've worked at Avaunt (avauntmagazine.com) for two and a half years now, first as associate editor and then as editor. Prior to that I wrote for publications including The Independent, the Financial Times and The Spectator. I have interviewed figures including former President Gorbachev, Henry Kissinger, Ciro Bustos - one of Che Guevara's last collaborators, Imran Khan, Mark Gatiss, Michael Ignatieff and Yoko Ono.

 

Foreign politics is a passion - currently I am writing a novel that looks at the establishment of modern Iraq.  I also write about science and technology: over the course of the last two years, I have investigated the rapidly growing discipline of wildfire expertise, and the hazards of giving away your genomic data. The overlap between politics and culture fascinates me. I'm also a theatre critic for the award-winning website The Arts Desk (theartsdesk.com)

My tastes are on the eclectic side - my first novel was about an eighteenth century art scandal, called The Optickal Illusion. It's set in London at a time when Europe was convulsed by the aftermath of the French Revolution. Superficially the time was very different to ours. But as I wrote it, it struck me increasingly how the combination of thirst for change among the young and varying degrees of hostility to the status quo created an atmosphere of febrile uncertainty that made 1790s London feel incredibly close to the London of today.

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