About

A7q7athCYAE3TetTim Hannigan was born in Penzance in Cornwall in the far west of the United Kingdom. He specialises in writing about Indonesia and the Indian subcontinent.

Tim formerly worked as a professional chef, 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 the forthcoming 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 worked on Indonesian phrasebooks. He sometimes reviews books for the Asian Review of Books and other publications, and still occasionally leads tours of Cornwall. You can read an interview with Tim Hannigan  about narrative history writing here.

Tim also has an interest in the theory of travel writing. He is the author of a critical essay on travel journalism in Specialist Journalism (Routledge, 2012). 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. He is currently investigating 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 research here.

You can contact Tim Hannigan at tahannigan@yahoo.co.uk. You can also follow him on Twitter:

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