New York Times best-seller
I’m probably in love with my subject just a bit too much. I read history at Cambridge and went on to complete a PhD back in 1990. Since then I’ve enjoyed an eclectic career as a journalist, magazine publisher and author, in the course of which I’ve written five heavily-researched books – Tulipomania, Batavia’s Graveyard, Thug, Satan’s Circus and The First Family. I've also run the Smithsonian's history blog.
Oh, and I live in London with my wife and daughter in a house stuffed with something like 3,000 books – about a third of which I’ve actually read all the way through.
I don’t know why people always ask me about that, but they do.