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Oliver Balch

Oliver Balch is a British journalist specialising in business, travel and world affairs. He writes regularly for the Guardian and his articles have also appeared in a range of international publications, including the Financial Times, the Daily Telegraph and Condé Nast.

His first book, VIVA SOUTH AMERICA! A Journey Around a Restless Continent was shortlisted as Book of the Year at the UK Travel Press Awards. INDIA RISING: Tales from a Changing Nation, is an investigative study of contemporary India and was published by Faber & Faber in 2012. Oliver latest book, UNDER THE TUMP: Sketches of Real Life on the Welsh Borders was published by Faber in May 2016.

Based in Argentina for six years, he recently moved back to the UK to take up a PhD at Cambridge University. He initially graduated from Durham University in 1998 with a First in History and has a Masters in Philosophy from the University of Cambridge.

Oliver has lived and travelled extensively in Latin America and India. Away from the keyboard, he’s had jobs as a labourer in Peru, a Bollywood extra in India, a missionary in Bolivia and an English teacher to exiled Tibetan monks. He is married to Emma and currently lives close to Hay-on-Wye.