I am an author and journalist from the Highlands of Scotland. I currently live in the Orkney Islands.
My first book, Thicker Than Water, was published in 2016. It deals with the colonisation of Australia and questions of inherited guilt. The Times called it ‘stunning… a thrilling debut’ and named it one of the best books of that year. Reni Eddo-Lodge recommended it in the Guardian, declaring: “Read it if you want to ask big questions about Britain, race and responsibility.”
My second book, Islands of Abandonment: Life in the Post-Human Landscape, is due out in 2021. In it, I explore a number of remarkable abandoned places around the world, and through them outline how human impacted landscapes can recover via natural processes. More on that project here.
Before I was an author I worked as a reporter for The Sunday Times and Telegraph, and as a contributing editor for The Week magazine. I continue to write widely across the UK press, including a monthly column in Prospect magazine called ‘The Wild Frontier’, which draws on my experiences working at a husky kennels in the Arctic and completing the Colorado Trail on horseback among other things, and I also contribute regularly to the Guardian’s Country Diary.
Other publications I’ve contributed to include Granta, The Times, The Observer, FT Weekend, New Statesman, Telegraph Magazine, The Sunday Times Magazine, and others.
I was a writer-in-residence at Gladstone’s Library in Wales in 2018, and made a fellow of the MacDowell Colony in early 2019. Recently I have been fortunate enough to receive financial support from both Creative Scotland and the Society of Authors (via their John Heygate Prize for travel writing). I would recommend any writer to investigate these two wonderful sources of funding and moral support.