Tim Marshall worked for some years as the Diplomatic Editor for Sky News, travelling and living all over the world to get the stories. His book 'Shadowplay: The Overthrow of Slobodan Milosevic' is widely regarded as one of the best accounts of life in the former Yugoslavia. Tim reported in the field from Bosnia, Croatia and Serbia during the Balkan Wars of the 1990s, and has since found huge writing success for his book 'Prisoners of Geography'.
'Prisoners of Geography' looks at how maps of the world can predict political situations, it's the first of a trilogy of books that discuss the affect of nationalism on identity politics - his others look at flags and walls.
We talk about planning non-fiction, how to make big concepts and global theories relevant and accessible in writing, and why it's always nice to know the local baristas by name.
You can get a top writing tip from Irish Book Award winner Liz Nugent, who wants to help you push past the tricky start.
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