A former war correspondent for The Independent, he accepted the surrender of a Taliban commander in Afghanistan in 2001, and was in a 150mph car chase to escape kidnappers in Iraq in 2004.
He has been under fire in the Gaza Strip, detained at the gunpoint of a tank in Bethlehem, and crossed into Serbia with a forged visa to cover the overthrow of Slobodan Milosevic.
His first novel, The Burden of the Desert, set in Iraq during the occupation, was published in the UK by Short Books on 6 February 2014.
The Guardian called it “vivid and utterly convincing” and the Daily Mail said “This tense, thought-provoking and extraordinary book is an absolute must”.
He lived in India for eight years, and now lives in Berlin, where he writes for the Daily Telegraph