I write about big issues facing modern societies, sharing ideas based on in-depth research in an entertaining format. My first book Criminal: The Truth About Why People Do Bad Things (Penguin, 2016) was described by The Times as “as enlightening about crime in modern society as any book that I have read” and was shortlisted in the Sunday Times 2016 ‘Thought’ book of the year. I’m currently scoping my second book, which I am ludicrously excited about researching and writing… watch this space!
Comment and long-form journalism
I write opinion pieces for a wide range of newspapers (Financial Times, The Times, The Independent, The Guardian) – and for specialist crime and government news outlets. Selected articles can be seen via links posted on the blog page here. I’m not a particularly fast writer so am careful about what I take on but please do get in touch with my agent Georgina Capel at Georgina Capel Associates if you want to commission writing on subjects I know about.
Writing for practitioners and specialists
In addition to writing for a general reader, I write research reports for clients and specialist audiences, in particular those working in and around government. Many of my policymaker and practitioner-focused publications can be found on the website of the Institute for Government here.