Tom Feiling has over 20 years experience working as a writer and documentary maker. He spent a year living and working in Colombia before making Resistencia: Hip-Hop in Colombia, which won numerous awards at film festivals around the world. In 2003 he became Campaigns Director for the TUC’s Justice for Colombia campaign, which organises for labour rights in Colombia.
In 2009, Penguin published his first book, The Candy Machine: How Cocaine Took Over the World, which was based on over 60 interviews with those involved in all aspects of the cocaine business.
In 2012, Allen Lane/ Penguin published Short Walks from Bogota: Journeys in the New Colombia, a travelogue exploring that country’s culture, history and politics.
His third book is The Island that Disappeared: Old Providence and the Making of the Western World (Explore Books, 2017), which looks at 400 years of British imperial history, as seen from a little known former British colony in the Caribbean.
Tom is a graduate of the London School of Economics, and lives in London.
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