I was born in London, and educated in Washington DC and later in England.  After studying at the University of Dundee I was awarded a PhD from Glasgow University for my thesis on the ideologies of urban planning in Algeria between 1830 and 1980.  Later I lectured at architecture schools in Jeddah and Oporto and lived in Oxford for three years. There, in 'the city of dreaming spires' I wrote my first novel A Country of Vanished Dreams which was published by Picador to critical acclaim, and translated.  

As well as fiction, I have published in academic journals and in The Independent. To keep the wolves from the door, I taught creative writing for the British Council and dealt in rare rugs and textiles in Istanbul. In 2004 I was invited with a colleague to design the master plan for a major tourism project in Morocco, an idea that sad to say, the government put on ice.  

Married with two daughters, I divide my time between Oporto, Portugal and Morocco's Red City, the inspiration for Shadows of Marrakech. The next novel in the series will be Shadows of Essaouira.

‘A dauntingly assured new voice.’  The Sunday Times.