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.
Reader in Early Modern European History, University of Cambridge
Vice-Principal of King's College London and Trustee of the V & A Museum
Historian & Broadcaster, BBC
BBC News & Radio Presenter
Broadcaster & Journalist
Director, The Africa Centre & Former Chief Executive, The Place