is an award-winning journalist and author.
After graduating from Edinburgh University with a
degree in Modern History and Italian, he spent time working with street
children in Brazil. He has covered Europe and South America for the Economist, Observer, Guardian, Miami Herald, Houston Chronicle, Time Magazine, and the National Post (Canada).
His first book, In Praise of Slow, examines our compulsion to hurry and chronicles a global trend toward putting on the brakes. The Financial Times said it was “to the Slow Movement what Das Kapital is to communism.” His second book, Under Pressure,
explores the good, the bad and the ugly of modern childrearing. His
books have been translated into more than 30 languages and landed on
bestseller lists in many countries.
Newsweek described him as “an international spokesman for the concept of leisure.” ABC TV News called him “the unofficial godfather of a growing cultural shift toward slowing down.” The Wall Street Journal hailed him as “an in-demand spokesman on slowness.” Huffington Post labelled him “the godfather of the Slow movement.”