Author, journalist and broadcaster (ex-BBC, Telegraph, writer of BBC books). Tracked post-Soviet pilots running arms, drugs and worse from Afghanistan to Somalia for his first book of reportage 'Outlaws Inc: Flying with the World's Most Dangerous Smugglers' (a #6 WHSmith bestseller, now published in 29 languages through Bloomsbury, Pan MacMillan, Ullstein, Einaudi and Reader's Digest) and the 2014 Sundance Festival Award-winning film 'The Notorious Mr Bout' (also a BBC Storyville film as 'Arms Dealer: The Notorious Mr Bout').
New book, 'F**k You & Goodbye: The Dark & Hilarious History of the Resignation' examines the phenomenon of quitting as a historical force, from the Berlin Wall and the American Civil War to Iraq and Roy Keane.
Praise for 'F**k You & Goodbye': "There is a poetry to the best resignation letters that comes from having nothing to lose" - The Independent. "Breathless and brilliant; one of my favourite writers" – Eddy Temple Morris. "Beautifully written. These are the bitterest, most bittersweet stories you might ever read" – William Sitwell.
Praise for 'Outlaws Inc':
"Riveting" - John Sweeney, Literary Review. "Fascinating" - Washington Post. "Great writing" - Seattle Times. "Thrilling yet disturbing journey through the global underworld" - Baltimore Sun. "We await the Hollywood take" - ABC News. "Amazing" - Fox News.
"It's James Bond meets Jason Bourne, only it's happening, and it's happening now" - Andy Ross, America Today
"Not just a fascinating tale of cratered runways and no-questions drops, this book tells us something about the modern world: for all our efforts to regulate society, there will always be those who thrive by finding ways to use, abuse, and ignore the rules." - Dr Mark Galeotti, NYU Center for Global Affairs.
"An explosive read, full of heart-thumping excitement and brilliant detective work which shines a light into the darkest corners of the world. All the more terrifying for being true" - Sean Rayment, Sunday Telegraph.
Journalism: Independent, BBC, Telegraph, Sunday Telegraph, Esquire, Buzzfeed (Top 10 Contributor 2014)