David Pryce-Jones was born in Vienna in 1936. At Oxford, he read history. His literary career started with the Financial Times, then the Spectator and finally the Daily Telegraph, for whom he covered the 1967 and 1973 wars in the Middle East. His many non-fiction books include The Closed Circle, an account of the Arabs and The War that Never Was, about the collapse of the Soviet Union. He is also the author of ten novels and his latest book is an auobiography, Fault Lines. He is a Senior Editor of National Review.