Novelist and screenwriter Scottish born in Accra (Ghana); He/She studied at the universities of Glasgow and Oxford, where he/she worked from 1980 to 1983 at this last university teaching and while doing work for the New Stateman newspaper television critic. He/She began his career in fiction with his first novel a good man in Africa (1981), which tells the story of Morgan Leafy, a British diplomat in West Africa carrying a boring existence; the work got quickly become its author a famous character, giving him various awards, the Whitbread award in 1981 and the Somerset Maugham in 1982. This success encouraged him to tipping over full in the literature, with which Morgan Leafy soon comes alive in his next publication, the collection of tales on Yankee Station (1981). That quickly followed his next novel as snow in the Sun (1982), where it appears again the world of his first novel, Africa, during a campaign of World War I. Possibly thinking about films, he/she wrote bars and stars (1984), a comedy that reviewing the vicissitudes of an expert in English art, which, in fact, later in 1987, was adapted to the big screen. This same year of 1987 brought to light the work that placed him among the first writers on importance of his generation, it's the book the new confessions, that recounts the problems of a film director. Brazzaville Beach and the blue afternoon are two novels have in common being narrated by a female voice, and which were published in 1990 and 1993 respectively. It has carried out the adapted screenplays of his own novels, in addition to the adaptation of the works of various writers, among which stand out the Joyce Cary or Mario Vargas Llosa. In 2000 he/she worked in the filming of Armadillo, an adaptation of his work for television and debuted as a filmmaker with The Trench, based on his own screenplay oroginal.