Tim Marshall was Diplomatic Editor and foreign correspondent for Sky News. After thirty years’ experience in news reporting and presenting, he left full-time news journalism to concentrate on writing and analysis.

Originally from Leeds, Tim arrived at broadcasting from the road less travelled. Not a media studies or journalism graduate, in fact not a graduate at all, after a wholly unsuccessful career as a painter and decorator he worked his way through newsroom nightshifts, and unpaid stints as a researcher and runner before eventually securing himself a foothold on the first rung of the broadcasting career ladder.

After three years as IRN’s Paris correspondent and extensive work for BBC radio and TV, Tim joined Sky News. Reporting from Europe, the USA and Asia, Tim became Middle-East Correspondent based in Jerusalem.

Tim also reported in the field from Bosnia, Croatia and Serbia during the Balkan wars of the 1990s. He spent the majority of the 1999 Kosovo crisis in Belgrade, where he was one of the few western journalists who stayed on to report from one of the main targets of NATO bombing raids. Tim was in Kosovo to greet the NATO troops on the day they advanced into Pristina. In recent years he covered the conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and Syria.

He has written for many of the national newspapers including the Times, the Guardian, the Daily Telegraph, and The Sunday Times.

Tim’s first book, Shadowplay: The Overthrow of Slobodan Milosevic, was a bestseller in former Yugoslavia and continues to be one of the most highly regarded accounts of that period. A second book, “Dirty Northern B*st*rds!” and Other Tales from the Terraces: The Story of Britain’s Football Chants was published in 2014, to widespread acclaim. His third book is ‘Prisoners of Geography’ and has been published in the UK, USA. Germany, Japan, Turkey, and Taiwan. His latest book is ‘Worth Dying For. The Power and Politics of Flags’.

Tim has been shot with bird pellet in Cairo, hit over the head with a plank of wood in London, bruised by the police in Tehran, arrested by Serbian intelligence, detained in Damascus, declared persona non grata in Croatia, bombed by the RAF in Belgrade and tear-gassed all over the world. However, he says none of this compares with the experience of going to see his beloved Leeds United away at Millwall FC in London.


  1. Tim,
    I just complete 'prisoner of geography, I wish I learned as much in school.
    Understanding nations, geography, influences and cultures provide guidance
    of what to expect. I already have promoted this book to many others.
    I am on my library waiting list for books three and four
    Are you planning any visits to the US, appearances on CSPAN. I wish one
    network would offer you as an expert on some of the global hotspots.
    If there videos of presentations you gave, please them along.

    If you would, email me so I can forward questions. ajbruno14@gmail.com

    Thanks in advance...Anthony Bruno Cary, NC

  2. I thoroughly enjoyed your books,in fact read two with ,the geography, bits, you certainly have got the talent for presenting simple facts and going for conclusions I wish I could be your personal interpreter ,translator should the need arise -english,polish and russian in all media tools and in real life too,congratulations,definitely for school basic knowledge,Barbara Pawlik/szala

  3. Am amidst 'Power of Geography'. It is constantly dazzling to this former anglophile. Makes me wish I could go back to school. Yours would be my guidebook. Great job!

  4. Dear Tim thank you so much for the inspiration. I have read both prisoners and power of geography and I really look forward to reading them again. I was invited to speak an an event of "The Economist" about a geopolitical electricity interconnection project and felt like referencing your book. I hope you don't mind :)


  5. Dear Tim, I just finished reading your "Prisoners of geography". I set aside an hour of my free time, every Sunday morning, eagerly waiting to know what I would find as I continued on my journey to discover the maps of the world. The perspective that your book offers is not only clear and grounded, but it is above all natural and therefore real. Thank's for your job.


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