Andy Beckett was born ten days before the 1970s began. He studied modern history at Oxford University and journalism at the University of California in Berkeley. For his first book, Pinochet in Piccadilly: Britain and Chile’s Hidden History, he was nominated as Sunday Times’ Young Writer of the Year. Since 1993, he has written for the New York Times, the Economist, the Independent on Sunday and the London Review of Books. He has been a feature writer for the Guardian for the last 12 years.