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: The Religion of the Good Life (and why we had to have it), 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 questioning of some of the things we hold dear – like the difference between ancient and modern, real and naive. The questioning is conducted through the eyes and words of the first philosophers. These men and women who were poets as much as they were rationalists, preceded Socrates. The earliest of them began their work in the 6th-century B.C. They are a curious link between us and our deepest pre-history; which is something that we can’t quite forget.
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.