Martin Sixsmith was educated at Oxford, Harvard and the Sorbonne. From 1980 to 1997 he worked for the BBC as the Corporation's correspondent in Moscow, Washington, Brussels and Warsaw. From 1997 to 2002 he worked for the government as Director of Communications and Press Secretary. Martin is now a writer, presenter and journalist, living in London. He is the author of two novels, Spin and I Heard Lenin Laugh, and several works of non-fiction, including Philomena, first published in 2009 as The Lost Child of Philomena Lee.
`Written at thriller pace, Ayesha's Gift . . . exposes a terrifying web of gangsters and terrorists' -- Helen Brown * Telegraph *
`Martin Sixsmith, of Philomena fame, has done it again with a wonderful new book, Ayesha's Gift, which mixes autobiography with the story of a hunt to reveal a dark mystery in Pakistan... What I find so striking about Ayesha's Gift is that it's a book in which the writer is changed by the writing of the book. I'm trying to think of other examples of that but I can't come up with any at all'
-- Andrew Marr on BBC Radio 4's Start the Week