James Maw began as a ‘youth presenter’ on Thames TV in the early ’eighties and went on to be a comedy producer at Granada Television. He left there in 1995 to write novels and make documentaries.
As well as writing the award winning novel ‘Hard Luck’ he has also since published three further novels: ‘Year of the Jaguar’, ‘Nothing But Trouble’ and ‘Jack & Sarah’. He is currently finishing a fifth novel ‘The Foreign Correspondents’ Club’ and is a regular presenter on BBC Radio 4.
His documentary work has taken him to write and report from Cambodia, the Balkans, China and Colombia (where he was kidnapped).
Recent work includes the filming and presenting of two television documentaries Left on the Shelf in Cambodia and Slow Train to Hanoi, as well as the series Unfinished Business for BBC R4, among many others he has also made The Devil’s Disciple: the Last Stalinist Dictator for the BBC, Hungary’s Shame and Nazi Kids. But then, he also covered the death of the Queen Mother in The Vigil.
James lives on Brighton Front.
His new BBC R4 series ‘Inheritance’ begins on BBC R4 in November 2007.