Author of four novels: Bone House (shortlisted for the Commonwealth Prize), The Bounce, Ice Land and most recently, Crimson China, a novel set in the illegal Chinese migrant community in the aftermath of the Morecambe Bay tragedy. Crimson China was a Book At Bedtime on Radio 4, a Sainsbury’s Book of the Week selection and the Mumsnet’s book of the month for July
I also teach creative writing at an inner London secondary school as part of the First Story programme.
Vice-Principal of King's College London and Trustee of the V & A Museum
Reader in Early Modern European History, University of Cambridge
Former Chief Executive, The Place
Author and Journalist with The Sunday Times
Senior Adviser Welsh Affairs for Severn Trent Water and Former Director, BT Wales
Professor of Journalism