A graduate of the MA in Creative Writing at UEA. His novels include Lazarus is Dead, Dry Bones, Damascus, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and Acts of the Assassins, which was shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize in 2015. His books of narrative non-fiction include the memoir The Day That Went Missing (Harvill Secker 2017). For six years he was Director of The National Academy of Writing in London and is a visiting Professor at the University of Tokyo. He taught on the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) and on the MFA in Creative Writing.