I am a writer and journalist specialising in the history and science of infectious disease. A regular contributor to The Observer and The Lancet, my books include a global history of malaria and a social history of the 1918 influenza pandemic, Living With Enza, which was nominated for the Royal Society science book of the year in 2009. Alongside writing for popular audiences, I also work as a professional historian and have been published in Medical History, the Social History of Medicine and the History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences.
Prior to becoming a full-time writer and researcher, I enjoyed a long career as an investigative reporter and feature writer at newspapers such as the Evening Standard, The Independent on Sunday, The Observer and The Guardian. In 1996 my Channel 4 Dispatches exposé of the British intelligence services’ involvement in the re-arming of the Argentine Navy was shortlisted for the best current affairs documentary at Royal Television Society Awards. I currently podcast at Going Viral and produce animations for museums and web-based educational platforms, such as TED-ED.