Martin Sixsmith was the BBC’s correspondent in Moscow, Washington, Brussels and Warsaw from 1980 to 1997. From 1997 to 2002 he worked for the British government as Director of Communications and Press Secretary to several cabinet ministers. He is now a writer, presenter and journalist. He is the author of non-fiction titles including Russia–the Wild East, Putin’s Oil, The Litvinenko File and The War of Nerves. His bestselling 2009 book, The Lost Child of Philomena Lee, was adapted for film and became the multiple Oscar nominated Philomena, starring Steve Coogan and Judi Dench.