I am a writer who lives and works in Toronto. My publications include three books of literary non-fiction (Craze: Gin and Debauchery in an Age of Reason, John the Painter, and All or Nothing), articles in Playboy, BBC History, and the Literary Review of Canada, and reviews in such newspapers as the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, and the National Post.

John the Painter, published in Canada under the title The Incendiary, was short-listed for the Governor General’s Award, while Life of Phibbs, my first novel, was funded by grants from the Canada Council, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Toronto Arts Council.

My background is in history, which I studied as an undergraduate at Princeton and then as a graduate student at Yale. A postdoctoral fellowship at Berkeley piqued my interest in the gin craze of eighteenth-century London, and over the years my research has broadened to include such topics as crimes committed by women, interpersonal violence, and, in the case of John the Painter, the life of a would-be terrorist at the time of the American Revolution.