Bio

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National Public Radio in the US featured me talking about Vish Puri, Delhi and India in general as part of their Crime in the City series. The segment was recorded in Delhi with NPR veteran correspondent Julie McCarthy. You can read the transcript here or listen to the full version by clicking play below.NPR

Tarquin Hall is a British writer and journalist. Born in London, 1969, to an English father and American mother, he’s spent much of his adult life away from the United Kingdom, living in the United States, Pakistan, India, Kenya and Turkey, and travelling extensively in Africa, the Middle East and South Asia. He is the author of seven books and dozens of articles that have appeared in many British newspapers and magazines, including the Times, Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph, Observer and New Statesman. He has also worked in TV news and is a former South Asia bureau chief of Associated Press TV. His chosen subject matter has proven extraordinarily diverse. He has written features on Wilfred Thesiger, Texan rattlesnake hunters, the Taliban and British-Asian Urdu poets. Hall’s exclusive reports include a profile on Emma McCune, an English woman who married Southern Sudanese guerilla commander Riek Machar; the draining of Iraq’s marshes by Saddam Hussein, and a one-on-one with former Kurdish PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan in a Syrian safehouse.

Hall’s books have received wide acclaim in the British press. His second, To the Elephant Graveyard was heralded by Christopher Matthew in the Daily Mail as “a classic”. His third, Salaam Brick Lane, was described by Kevin Rushby in The Guardian as, “charming, brilliant, affectionate and impassioned.”  Salaam Brick Lane recounts a year spent above a Bangladeshi sweatshop on Brick Lane.

In 2009, Hall published his first mystery novel The Case of the Missing Servant introducing the Punjabi literary character Vish Puri, India’s Most Private Investigator.  This was followed by The Case of the Man Who Died Laughing and The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken.  The fourth in the series, The Case of the Love Commandos is due for publication in the USA, UK and Canada in October

Hall lives in Delhi. He is married to the Indian-born BBC reporter and presenter Anu Anand. They have a young son and daughter.