Tim Hannigan was born in Penzance in Cornwall in the far west of the United Kingdom. He writes mainly about Southeast Asia, especially Indonesia.
After leaving school Tim trained as a chef, and worked in restaurants for several years, before studying journalism at the University of Gloucestershire. He also worked as an English teacher and a tour guide before becoming a full-time writer.
He is the author of three books of narrative history: Murder in the Hindu Kush (The History Press, 2011), which was shortlisted for the Boardman Tasker Prize; Raffles and the British Invasion of Java (Monsoon Books, 2012) which won the 2013 John Brooks Award; and A Brief History of Indonesia (Tuttle, 2015). He also edited and expanded A Brief History of Bali (Tuttle, 2016) and wrote A Geek in Indonesia (Tuttle, 2018).
Tim Hannigan has written travel features for newspapers and magazines in Asia, the Middle East, North America and the UK, and has contributed to various radio and television documentaries on Asian history. He has also worked on guidebooks to destinations including Bali, Nepal, Myanmar, India and Cornwall, and has written and edited Indonesian phrasebooks. He sometimes reviews books for the Asian Review of Books and other publications. You can read an interview with Tim Hannigan about narrative history writing here. He has led various workshops on travel writing and creative non-fiction, and he designed and wrote the travel writing module for the Open School of Journalism.
Tim also works on travel writing and contemporary nature writing as an academic. He has taught at undergraduate and postgraduate level, and his scholarly research has been published in various journals and edited collections, including Studies in Travel Writing, Journeys and The Journal of Commonwealth Literature. He recently completed an investigation of the ethical issues surrounding British travel literature as part of an AHRC/M3C-funded PhD at the University of Leicester. You can read more about his academic work here.
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