was both an undergraduate and postgraduate at University College London. He is the author of Savage Girls and Wild Boys: A History of Feral Children
(Faber & Faber, 2002) and of a book on Kind Hearts and Coronets for the British Film Institute's Film Classics series (2003). He has also edited Edmund Gosse's Father and Son
for Oxford World's Classics and Joseph Conrad's The Secret Agent
for Penguin. He has taught at UCL, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, and Princeton University, and currently works at the University of Leiden. At present he is completing a book on the history of assassination and political violence.