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Dominick Donald’s debut thriller ‘Breathe’ – set in London’s worst ever smog – was named the Sunday Times Crime Book of the Year; the Daily Mail, Evening Standard and Observer all chose it as one of their best books for 2018.
He came to fiction having first written everything from intelligence reports to UN Security Council resolutions, foreign affairs editorials and speeches.
An Oxford history degree led him to the British Army, UNHQ, The Times and strange patches of East and Central Asia, before a War Studies PhD helped him find his feet doing political risk for a London security start-up. Fourteen years of advising governments and corporations on how to interpret events in areas of political instability – ultimately as Head of Geopolitics – made him an expert on issues ranging from Somalia-based piracy to Iraqi politics and economic reconstruction in war-zones, as well as a regular guest lecturer in war colleges and postgraduate departments in the US and UK.
He now works as a freelance political risk advisor and lives in Oxfordshire with his wife and three children.