I am a freelance journalist and writer. My work has appeared in the Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Telegraph, The Times, The Sunday Times, the BBC, The Washington Post, Sydney Morning Herald, The Guardian, The Independent, Scotland on Sunday, The Scotsman, The Sunday Herald, Grazia, Marie Claire Australia and Cosmopolitan. I have appeared as a guest contributor on BBC Radio and on WNYC’s The Takeaway. I worked as a foreign correspondent based in New York and Washington DC and have written articles from Japan, South America, Spain and the Antarctic. I reported on the 2004, 2008 and 2012 American Presidential elections.
My first book, The Lost Tribe of Coney Island, is out now, published by New Harvest. It unearths the incredible true story of the Igorrotes, a group of “headhunting, dog-eating savages” from the Philippines, who were taken to New York in 1905 by the charming, opportunistic doctor-turned-showman Truman K. Hunt. There the tribespeople appeared as “human exhibits” alongside the “freaks and curiosities” at Coney Island’s Luna Park. The Igorrotes became a national sensation and made Truman a rich man. But by the end of the summer season, Truman, with the tribe in his care, was being chased across the U.S. by ex-wives, creditors and the American Government. This is a story of the American Dream which makes us question who is civilized and who is savage.