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 urban planning and architecture in Algeria between 1830 and 1980.  Later I lectured for five years at the internationally acclaimed school of architecture at the University of Porto and guest lectured at the University of Aveiro in Portugal  before returning to the UK to live 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 Porto, 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.