He was born in London in 1981, but grew up in South Africa, in the Eastern and then the Western Cape. He was educated in Cape Town at the Western Province Preparatory School and the Diocesan College. He afterwards studied at Durham University in the United Kingdom, where he obtained a BA joint honours in Politics & History as well as an MA by thesis and a PhD, both in Ancient & Medieval Political Theory.
He has since written two books, both on Augustine and his place in Western civilization. The Pilgrim City: St. Augustine of Hippo and his Innovation in Political Thought was shortlisted for the Royal Historical Society’s Gladstone History Book Prize. Saint Augustine of Hippo: An Intellectual Biography was supported by a Jerwood Award for Non-Fiction from the Royal Society of Literature and the Elizabeth Longford Grant for Historical Biography from the Society of Authors.
Of Saint Augustine of Hippo Rowan Williams wrote: This is a book whose style and feel are really worthy of Augustine himself — humane and probing, full of telling metaphor and seriousness about the strangeness of human experience. It is capable of doing for a new generation a great deal of what Peter Brown’s epochal biography did half a century ago.
He is now working on two new book commissions from Bloomsbury Publishing. The first, Inventing Socrates, will be published in 2015. The second, Ludwig Wittgenstein: An Intellectual Biography, is a new biography of the philosopher to be published in 2016.
Inventing Socrates is a book about the consequences of knowledge and the coming of age. It is written in knowledge’s Western setting, making allegorical as well as literal use of the event known as the ‘birth of philosophy’ – an event that began in ancient Greece in the 6th-century B.C., when a handful of thinkers first looked at the natural world through the critical eyes of fledgling science.
His literary agent is Rachel Calder at The Sayle Literary Agency, 1 Petersfield, Cambridge CB1 1BB, United Kingdom, info [at] sayleliteraryagency [dot] com, 0044 (0)1223 303035.