I am a barrister. Previously, I was for several years an academic historian in the UK and South Africa, holding senior posts including a Visiting Professorship at the University of Johannesburg.
I am the author of sixteen previous books including a biography of the cricketing historian and Caribbean political activist CLR James.
Between 13 and 18 I was a competitive middle-distance runner, with a best time of 1.59 at age 16 for the 800 metres.
I live in London together with my partner and two children.