Edward Platt is a writer and journalist. He is the author of Leadville: A Biography of the A40, which won a Somerset Maugham Award and the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and was short-listed for two other awards, and The City of Abraham, about the city of Hebron, where Israelis and Palestinians live side-by-side. His latest book, The Great Flood: Journeys through a Sodden Landscape, will be published next year. He is a Contributing Writer at the New Statesman and a regular contributor to other newspapers and magazines. In 2009, he was shortlisted for an Amnesty Media Award for his reporting from the Middle East.