Henry McDonald grew up in a frontline area of Northern Ireland’s Troubles and survived a car bombing outside his home in central Belfast as well as a gun attack on a bar outside of which he was playing football as a child in the 1970s.

McDonald has been a journalist since the mid 1980s covering the endgame of the Troubles as well conflicts from the Balkans to the Middle East.

He has worked for The Irish News, Evening Press, BBC Northern Ireland as Security Correspondent in the run up to the 1994 IRA and Ulster Loyalist ceasefires and The Sunday Times. For almost 20 years he has been Ireland Correspondent initially for The Observer and now The Guardian newspapers. He has written for The Spectator and GQ magazines.

As well as being Ireland Correspondent for Channel 5 News McDonald is the author of seven non-fiction books including the history of the republican leftist terror group the Irish National Liberation and is an expert on Ulster Loyalist terrorism, co-authoring books on the Ulster Volunteer Force and the Ulster Defence Association.

His first novel, which starts in Troubles-torn Belfast but focusses mainly on post-Cold War Berlin, will be published by Gibson Square Books London in June.