Deputy Editor of The Independent on Sunday; former foreign correspondent for The Sunday Times and business editor of The European; author of the financial books including Beyond Greed, The Collapse of Barings, The Bank of England: Portrait of an Old Lady, co-author of The Death of Venice, Hoax and The Zinovier Letter, and for a change of pace, a book about a production of Wagner’s Ring in Bayreuth and a biography of the British theatre director, Sir Peter Hall.