Born in London and raised in its literary heartland, Bloomsbury, I spent my teens east of Carthage and south of Constantinople in a vibrant Middle Eastern port renowned for its food, history and volatile politics. My formative years could not have been more different to the ones that followed. The wealth and often clashing nature of my cultural experiences, where the sun sets in the West and rises in the Orient, is a constant motif in my life, my prose, and in my personal struggles. I live in London and extract my income and a substantial part of my intellectual life from writing, as well as reading and rereading what I and other people have written. Thank you for visiting my blog.