I was born in Zambia and raised in Malawi – a country known as the Warm Heart of Africa but made famous as the place where Madonna finds her children.
At 14 I moved from the Warm Heart of Africa to the Freezing Heart of Edinburgh – where I discovered the true meaning of the term culture shock. I quickly ditched my African accent, lost my tan, and disguised my sunny disposition in layers of teenage cynicism.
After Edinburgh I studied history at Cambridge. Then off to London where, before I had time to find a career, a career in communications found me. I was a confused PR man by day and an unheard of writer by night.
After too many tube rides and grey skies I decided it was time to get back to warmer climes, which I found in New Zealand, where I have lived ever since with my wife and two children.
In 2013 I signed a deal with Bloomsbury for the worldwide rights of Terms & Conditions and Please Do Not Disturb.
Terms & Conditions won critical acclaim when it was launched in 2014 and Please Do Not Disturb was released in June 2016. I am presently working on book three.
My articles and short stories have featured in the Guardian, Daily Telegraph, Independent, The Scotsman, Esquire, Conde Nast Traveller and the Sunday Star Times.
I have spoken at the Bristol Festival of Ideas, the Toronto International Festival of Authors, I'm the 2015 recipient of the Grimshaw Sargeson Fellowship, and my books have been translated into Czech and German.