Ian Jack has edited Granta magazine and the Independent on Sunday and now writes regularly for the Guardian. He began his career in Scotland before moving to the Sunday Times, where he became a feature writer and foreign correspondent with a special interest in South Asia. His awards include Reporter, Journalist and Editor of the Year. His books include Before the Oil Ran Out (1987), The Country Formerly Known as Great Britain (2009) and Mofussil Junction (2013). He has lived in London for 46 years and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.