Ian Cross has written extensively as a journalist and author. His most successful novel is The God Boy, published in many countries and adapted over the years for stage, film and opera productions. It is currently published in the UK Penguin Classic Series. A former editor of The Listener, his non-fiction writing has included two books, The Unlikely Bureaucrat, about his broadcasting career, and Such Absolute Beginners, a memoir of youthful experience. He has been a holder at different times of the Nieman Journalism Fellowship at Harvard University and the Robert Burns Literary fellowship at Otago University.