Adam Brookes was born in Canada, but grew up in the UK, in a village in Oxfordshire. In the 1980s, he studied Chinese at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, and went on to become a journalist, working briefly in magazines before landing a post as a 'copytaster' at the BBC, a job now extinct.
Adam became a radio producer at the BBC World Service, and then a foreign correspondent, based first in Indonesia, then China and the United States, where he now lives. Along the way he has reported from some thirty countries including Iraq, Afghanistan, North Korea and Mongolia, for BBC television and radio. 'Night Heron' is his first novel, and draws on his life in journalism, his years in China, and his efforts to understand something of what goes on in the world of intelligence. Night Heron is published in May 2014 by Little Brown/Sphere in the UK, and Hachette/Redhook in the US, and in four other countries.
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