Mark Thompson works on media policy, writes books, and teaches. His experience includes journalism, translation, and policy analysis for the United Nations. The White War, about Italy in the First World War, was awarded the PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize and runner up for the Orwell Prize. His most recent book is Birth Certificate. The Story of Danilo Kiš (Cornell University Press, 2013). He works in London and in Oxford.