I am a novelist and journalist and I've been blogging since 2012. I blog about books and literature, world politics, journalism, wars and conflict, and arts and culture. My first novel, Burden of the Desert, set in Iraq during the occupation, was published in 2012, and I blog about my inspirations and the subjects that interest me as a writer. I am a former foreign correspondent for The Independent newspaper, and I tend to blog about places I have lived and worked: I covered the occupation of Iraq and the 2001 war in Afghanistan. I lived in Jerusalem and covered the second Palestinian Intifada. I lived in India for eight years, and covered the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, and reported extensively from the region, including Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh and Thailand. I recently moved back to the UK and I blog on the experience of returning to live in the country after many years abroad.
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Why Doctor Who is Better than Growing Up
(Photo credit: Rooners Toy Photography) I remember the first time I ever saw Doctor Who. My father told me there was something coming on the television I ought to watch, because he’d enjoyed it when he was a kid, and I remember thinking I wasn’t likely t...2 weeks ago
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