Born London, 12 May 1956
Book on Rafael Nadal titled “Rafa: my story” co-authored with Nadal.
Book on Nelson Mandela titled ‘Playing the Enemy’ "Invictus" (Penguin Press USA; Atlantic Books, UK/SA/Commonwealth) first published in August 2008, translated into 14 languages, made into a Warner Bros film named ‘Invictus’, 2009 in the US, starring Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon, directed by Clint Eastwood. Released in December 2010 in USA. Released in Europe and the rest of the world in January and February 2010
Senior international writer for El País, the world’s leading newspaper in the Spanish language
Articles for the London Observer, Independent, Sunday Times, New York Times and others
Release of film ‘Die Hard 4’, starring Bruce Willis, based on article in ‘Wired’ magazine in the US, whose rights I sold to 20th Century Fox
Published two books, “Heroica Tierra Cruel” (Seix Barral), on Africa, foreword written by Nelson Mandela; and “White Angels” (Bloomsbury) on Real Madrid, published in Britain, Spain, the United States, China, Japan and Brazil
Finalist for 2004 “William Hill British Sports Book of the Year”
Winner 2004 British Press Awards “Food and Drink Writer of the Year”
Winner in 2000 of the top Spanish journalism award, the Ortega y Gasset prize, for article on immigration for el País.
Articles for the London Independent; London Daily Telegraph; the London Observer; New Statesman; New York Times, Time magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Folha de Sao Paulo and others.
Interviewer and writer of Emmy-nominated PBS (USA) ‘Frontline’ documentary, ‘the Long Walk of Nelson Mandela’; script writer and consultant for Channel Four television documentary, ‘Kicking the Habit’, on Diego Maradona; interviewer and consultant for Channel Four televisions documentary on England-Argentina soccer rivalry
US bureau chief, based in Washington, for the (London) Independent on Sunday.
Articles for Wired; Spin; Conde Nast Traveler; Punch; New Statesman.
Weekly columnist for South Africa’s Sunday Independent.
South Africa bureau chief, based in Johannesburg, for the London Independent; three nominations for British foreign correspondent of the year award
Freelance articles for New Republic and others.
A number of TV and radio documentaries for the BBC on Winnie Mandela (Sony Award winner Best Radio documentary), South Africa’s “Third Force” and other topics.
Mexico and Central America bureau chief for the London Independent, based in Mexico City and Managua.
BBC radio documentaries on various subjects.
Correspondent for Times of London, BBC World Service, ABC Radio (US), CBC Radio (Canada), Toronto Star covering Mexico and Central America, based in Mexico City and,in 1984, San Salvador.
Sports reporter, film critic and political writer for Buenos Aires Herald, Argentina.
MA, English Language and Literature, Oxford University