Born in 1950, John Hooper was educated at St Benedict’s Abbey in London and St Catharine’s College, Cambridge. At the age of eighteen, he travelled to Biafra during the Nigerian civil war to make a television documentary. Since then, he has spent more than 30 years as a foreign correspondent, working for - among others - The Economist, Guardian, Observer, BBC, NBC and Reuters. For several years in London, he was a presenter of BBC World Service’s ‘Twenty Four Hours’ current affairs programme.
Hooper has reported from more than 50 countries, including various war zones - most recently Kosovo and Afghanistan. He developed a special affection for Spain and its people after being posted to Madrid to cover the country’s eventful transition to democracy, and later returned. His book The New Spaniards draws on his experience of nine years living in Spain.
Hooper is currently Italy correspondent of The Economist and Southern Europe editor of the Guardian and Observer. He is married to a fellow-journalist, Lucinda Evans.
Penguin is to publish his latest book, The Italians, on January 29th, 2015.