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I studied English Literature at Oxford University and taught English as a foreign language in Rome, before becoming a journalist. 

For ten years I worked as a reporter and editor for The Times newspaper and Agence France-Presse, including postings in China, Hong Kong and India and reporting trips to Malaysia and Myanmar. 

I speak fluent Italian, passable Mandarin and a little Hindi.

As of September 2016, I will be studying for a master's degree in creative writing at the University of East Anglia.