the fourth in the Curious series about localities in North London - details here being reprinted for a second time for Christmas 2022 and available from the publishers Five Leaves
I am a historian, lecturer and freelance journalist after 35 years with the BBC as a correspondent, presenter and Editor of BBC World Service News. I am an honorary professor at the University of Nottingham; I teach American undergraduates in London for Global Education Oregon; I'm also a visiting professor at the Asian College of Journalism in Chennai, south India.
My biography of Freda Bedi was published in 2019 - more here! And the latest of my titles about Curious London is out too.
This website is about my enthusiasms, interests and the issues and topics which have caught my attention. These range from contemporary Kashmir to my collections of political pamphlets and badges.
I've also posted on the site listings of my interviews with those who lived through Partition in South Asia, my recordings of British political activists, a visual record of Kashmir in the turbulent year of 1947, and the audio of some of my radio documentaries and oral history.