John Fullerton was born in England and grew up in apartheid South Africa. During the Cold War he worked as a ‘contract labourer’ in the role of head agent for the Secret Intelligence Service. He wrote for newspapers and magazines and as a Reuters correspondent and editor he had postings in Hong Kong, India, Lebanon, Cyprus and London – all told living or working in 40 countries and covering a dozen wars. His novels include The Monkey House, A Hostile Place, Clap (JW Diaz), This Green Land, White Boys Don’t Cry and the Reticent Executioner. He lives in Scotland.