I was born in Wellington, England in 1951 and have been a full-time, freelance journalist and author since 1985. I have written for magazines all over the world, including National Geographic, The London Sunday Times, The Guardian, The Smithsonian, Playboy and Maxim. I have also made numerous appearances on TV & Radio, including the BBC, NPR & PBS. My first book, The Poet & The Murderer, was published by Dutton in 2002 & by 4th. Estate in the UK. It was the subject of a BBC documentary and widely reviewed in the British & American press. I speak 6 languages and have lived in or visited 70 countries. I have a natural affection for all living things. I love tennis, wine, books & women. I divide my time between a cottage on the English-Welsh border in Herefordshire and the East End of Long Island. I have a grown-up son.
Too numerous to mention but here's a brief list of favourite authors ( in no particular order): Shakespeare, Gabriel Garcia Lorca, John Keats, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Thomas Hardy, Henning Mankell, Flaubert, Jack Kerouac, William Faulkner, Javier Marias, VS Naipau, Julian Barnes and many many others. I am currently reading the wonderful collection of stories by Uwem Akpan.
I am currently finishing a feature article about the theft of the 2004 Presidential election in the United States, called Cybergate, which will be published in Maxim magazine in December and which I hope to turn into a book. I am also working on a narrative non-fiction lover story set in London and Europe during World War 2; helping a British screenwriter finish a script of my book, The Poet & The Murderer; and working on a true crime thriller set in the world of art theft with the former head of the FBI's Art Crime Unit, Bob Wittman.
Philip Spitzer, East Hampton, New York 11937.
Dutton ( US); 4th Estate (UK)
Tennis, books, travel, Premier League soccer.
Greenpeace; The World Land Trust; Medecins Sans Frontiers; Amnesty International; The Frontline Club Charitabl;e Trust
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