Christian Jennings Biography

Christian Jennings

Christian Jennings is a British freelance foreign correspondent and the author of five works of non-fiction. Since 1988, across twenty-three countries, he has been writing books and journalism on international current affairs, history, science and such areas as war crimes investigations, for publications ranging from The Economist and Reuters to Wired, The Daily Telegraph, and The Scotsman.  He has been based variously in Sarajevo, Pristina, Belgrade, Kigali, Bujumbura,  Skopje, Nairobi and Geneva. He now lives in Turin.

His fifth work of non-fiction was published in the U.S and the U.K, Canada and Australia by Palgrave Macmillan in autumn 2013. Entitled ‘Bosnia’s Million Bones – Solving the World’s Greatest Forensic Puzzle’, it is a story of forensic science, DNA technology and human rights deployed in the hunt for thousands of missing persons worldwide. It tells how one organisation, the International Commission on Missing Persons, or ICMP, used DNA technology to identify the thousands of persons missing from the 1995 Srebrenica massacre in Bosnia, and how they have become the world leader in dealing with the missing persons issue.

He comes from a strong literary and artistic family: his father, a WWII cavalry officer wounded outside Eindhoven in Holland in 1944, and subsequently decorated by King George VI, went on to become a prep school headmaster. Christian has ten brothers and sisters, including the sculptor Martin Jennings and the critic, author and fisherman Luke Jennings, whose autobiography was published recently. His family are respectively based in Phnom Penh, Geneva, Rome, Berlin, Oxford, London and Herefordshire.