He was born in 1981 and educated at the Diocesan College in Cape Town, South Africa; then later 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.
For more information on the story behind the book, see his interview with Todd Breyfogle (Aspen Institute) for the OUPblog.
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, is a new biography of the philosopher to be published in 2016.
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.