I'm an investigative reporter and the author of two books. The first, The Looting Machine, is about the modern-day plunder of Africa, where I spent a few years as a foreign correspondent. The New York Times called it a "brave, defiant book". The second, Kleptopia: How dirty money is conquering the world, came out in September 2020. It tells four true stories of power and money woven together like a novel. The Washington Post, which named Kleptopia a notable book of the year, called it "magisterial". When not writing books, I work on the investigations team at the Financial Times in London. I've reported from more than forty countries and won some awards. Fortunately for all concerned, I abandoned early attempts to become a poet (though I still think poems, and fiction, are part of the same undertaking as investigative reporting: to interrogate the world and render what we find in language). There's more on me and my books, as well as resources on the rise of kleptocracy, here.