Ian Cobain was born in Liverpool in 1960. He has been a journalist since the early 1980s, latterly as an investigative reporter with the Guardian and Middle East Eye. His journalism has won him a number of major awards including the Martha Gellhorn Prize, the Paul Foot Award for investigative journalism and several Amnesty International media awards.
He is winner of the Paddy Power Total Politics Award for Debut Political Book of the Year.
The History Thieves, Portobello Books 2016; Cruel Britannia: A Secret History of Torture, Portobello Books, 2012.