Alexander McNabb has been working in, living in and travelling around the Middle East for almost 30 years. Formerly a journalist, editor and magazine publisher, today he spends his daytimes as a consultant in publishing, media and digital communications.
Alexander's first attempt at writing a book was in 2002, when he sat down to write high-tech comedy thriller 'Space'. The book was not seen as a commercial proposition by agents, many of whom took the trouble to point out that humour doesn't sell. Alexander rolled up his sleeves and wrote 'Olives - A Violent Romance', a serious work that explores the attitudes, perceptions and conflicts of the Middle East, exposing a European sensibility to the strange and multi-layered world of the Middle East. Olives was first published in December 2011.
This was followed by 'Beirut - An Explosive Thriller', a testosterone-soaked spy thriller, which was published in October 2012 and international spy thriller 'Shemlan - A Deadly Tragedy', published in 2013. Together, the three books form The Levant Cycle. By no means a trilogy, they follow a roughly contiguous timeline and are tied together by some of the same characters.
Alexander is a frequent conference speaker, chair and moderator, particularly on issues around online and digital communications. He co-hosts a weekly radio show and is a frequent commentator on developments in the technology and online spheres. When he's not writing books, he's posting half-thoughts and snippets on his blog, Fake Plastic Souks, which he started in 2007 during the Arab Media Forum. The title refers to the 'new' souks of Dubai, so much more convenient and classy than the real ones.