I had a very disrupted education – 8 different schools in 5 different countries -and I’m mildly dyslexic but that didn’t stop me becoming a journalist. I did a degree at the LSE in International Relations then joined the BBC as a graduate trainee. I worked on the Today programme and Newsnight and was a foreign correspondent in Eastern Europe at the fall of communism. I also worked for Sunday Times as their Paris correspondent (I am fluent in French) and later covered Europe for Channel 4 News. I now present the arts programme Front Row on Radio 4 and World News Today which goes out on BBC4 and BBC World internationally. I have been a judge on the Orange Prize and the Independent Prize for Foreign Fiction in Translation. I’m married and I have a 15 year old son.