I'm an author and staff correspondent at The Guardian.
My newest book, There Will be Fire: Margaret Thatcher, the IRA, and Two Minutes that Changed History, will be published in April 2023. The UK edition is titled Killing Thatcher: The IRA, the Manhunt and the Long War on the Crown.
It tells the story of how the Irish Republican Army planted a bomb that exploded at 2:54 a.m.
on October 12, 1984, on the last day of the Conservative Party Conference at the Grand Hotel in Brighton, England. An audacious attempt to wipe out the entire British government, it came astonishingly close to killing the Iron Lady. What followed was an epic hunt for the bombers. I draw on my own interviews and original reporting to weave what I hope is a work of gripping nonfiction.
I'm also the author of Comandante: Hugo Chávez’s Venezuela, a chronicle of the late Venezuelan president’s tragicomic, oil-fuelled revolution in South America. It was named an Economist Book of the Year and BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week.
I've been a foreign correspondent for the Guardian for two decades, covering Afghanistan, Africa, Iraq, the Balkans, Latin America and the US. I've also written for the Observer and The New York Times. I was long-listed for the Orwell prize for my coverage of Mexico’s drug war and Haiti’s earthquake. Since 2018 I've been based in my native Dublin as the Guardian’s Ireland correspondent.
I started my career with the Irish News in Northern Ireland, where I was named Young Journalist of the Year. I hold a master’s degree in journalism from Dublin City University and a bachelor’s degree in politics and economics from Trinity College Dublin. I live in Dublin with my wife and daughter.
MY FAVORITE BOOKS
The Spy and the Traitor, by Ben Macintyre
Can Ireland Be One, by Malachi O’Doherty
Four Thousand Weeks, by Oliver Burkeman
Foster, by Claire Keegan
Great Hatred, by Ronan McGreevy
We Don’t Know Ourselves, by Fintan O’Toole
Oh William!, by Elizabeth Strout
Marching Season, by Rosemary Jenkinson
Loot, by Barnaby Phillips
IN FRONT OF THE LENS
MY OWN SNAPSHOTS