Most of the time I’m a writer and photojournalist. I’m the author of four books including The Lighthouse Stevensons which won the 1999 Somerset Maugham Award, The Wreckers, which became a BBC Timewatch documentary, and The Bicycle Book, which was shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2011.
I’m a contributing editor at Newsweek and write regularly for the Guardian Weekend Magazine. One of the privileges of writing is that it allows you to go and ask impertinent questions about interesting things, like how to be a farmer or what it’s like being deaf or what people need Antarctica for. I do really love talking to people about what it’s like being them, and the longer I do this job, the more I care about the art of good listening. The rest of the time I design and make furniture to commission, and I teach writing.