Author of The Burden of the Desert and foreign correspondent
Justin Huggler is a novelist and journalist.
A former war correspondent for
The Independent, he accepted the surrender of a Taliban commander in Afghanistan in 2001, and was in a 150mph car chase to escape kidnappers in Iraq in 2004.
He has been under fire in the Gaza Strip, detained at the gunpoint of a tank in Bethlehem, and crossed into Serbia with a forged visa to cover the overthrow of Slobodan Milosevic.
His first novel,
The Burden of the Desert, set in Iraq during the American occupation, is published by Short Books.
The Guardian called it “vivid and utterly convincing” and the
Daily Mail said “This tense, thought-provoking and extraordinary book is an absolute must”.