Lev Parikian is a British conductor and writer.
As a conductor, he spends a lot of time standing in front of people waving his arms in the hope that sounds will materialise.
As a writer, he spends a lot of time staring at a computer screen in the hope that words will materialise.
The fact that he has written Waving, Not Drowning is therefore a triumph of hope over experience.
He lives in London with his [redacted], [redacted], and three domesticated (and, rest assured, entirely neutralised) [redacted].
He has never been to Uzbekistan.