Nick Ryan
An award-winning journalist and author, Nick ( started his literary interests by reading science-fiction and fantasy novels. However, after traveling extensively in the Middle East in the run-up to the first Gulf War, including living in Kuwait just before its invasion, he was spurred to turn his hand to non-fiction.

Since then, his work as a features and reportage writer has appeared in newspapers and magazines around the world, covering in-depth issues such as fraud, extremism, gang life and conflict for titles including WIRED, Esquire, The Times Magazine, The Telegraph Magazine, The Observer Magazine, Mother Jones, The New York Times Magazine, The South China Morning Post and The Australian. In 1999. Nick won the Special Commendation prize for 'Celebrating Tolerance in the Media' from the International Federation of Journalists, and was long listed for the first ever Guardian/Private Eye Paul Foot Award for Campaigning Journalism.

His first book, HOMELAND: Into a World of Hate, was a critically-acclaimed account of the six years he spent investigating ultra-right-wing movements across the UK, Europe and the USA. He was assisted by (among others) Stieg Larsson, author of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Nick went on to become the creative producer of the BBC1 drama, England Expects (written by Frank Deasy) based on his work for HOMELAND: Into a World of Hate, and has since worked on a number of other dramatic and documentary projects for TV.

Entries by Nick Ryan

Time to Free 'American Taliban'

(0) Comments | Posted 26 April 2012 | (19:41)

I recently wrote about the lives of some of the extremists I had tracked as part of my researches into books, articles and films.

The catalyst for this piece was the on-going trial of the Norwegian killer, Anders Behring Breivik, who murdered 77 mostly-young people in a bombing...

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The Road Travelled By Breivik and Other Killers

(4) Comments | Posted 20 April 2012 | (00:00)

What was it that set a young, middle-class Californian boy on the path to join the most brutal regime on Earth; a path that would see him reject 'Western' life and pick up a gun and grenade to battle the enemies of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan?


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Review: 'Hate' Is Where The Heart Is

(0) Comments | Posted 27 September 2011 | (14:28)

Back in 2003 I was completing publication of an exhaustive six-year journey inside neo-Nazi and white supremacist movements. The results of that journey were contained in HOMELAND: Into a World of Hate, a book that nearly broke me financially and emotionally. Shortly thereafter a BBC drama film,

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London's Burning

(0) Comments | Posted 9 August 2011 | (17:46)

There was a riot the night I moved into my house in Brixton, south London. A burning police motorcycle lay abandoned where it had been dragged, about 250 yards from my front door. Many years later there would be bricks through my window, my partner mugged by a crack addict,...

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I Knew the Boy Next Door Killers

(16) Comments | Posted 26 July 2011 | (00:00)

The tragic events in Norway should serve as a reminder to our politicians and pundits (as well as voices in the blogosphere) of the dangers of ignoring far-right movements and individuals. Our obsession with the 'Islamist' peril has meant taking the eye off the ball on domestic terrorism - and has...

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