Caroline Moorehead is a biographer and journalist. She has written five biographies: of Bertrand Russell, Heinrich Schliemann, Freya Stark and Iris Origo and Martha Gellhorn, the war correspondent and novelist. Other non-fiction books include: a history of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Dunant’s Dream, based on the previously unseen archives in Geneva; a book about pacifists, Troublesome People; and another on terrorism, Hostages to Fortune; and Human Cargo, a book about refugees in the modem world.
Caroline has written reviews for the TLS, Literary Review, Telegraph, Independent, Spectator and New York Review of Books. As a journalist, she specialised in human rights, contributing a column first to the Times and then the Independent, and co-producing and writing a series of programmes on human rights for BBC television.
She is a trustee and director of Index on Censorship, and a governor of the British Institute of Human Rights. She has served on the committees of the Royal Society of Literature, of which she is a Fellow, the Society of Authors, English PEN and the London Library. She also helped start a legal advice centre for asylum seekers from the Horn of Africa in Cairo, where she helps run a number of educational projects.