Clifford Thurlow has lived all over the world and has worked as a gem stone dealer, a foreign correspondent for The Observer in Athens and as one of the team translating works from Tibetan into English for the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, India, where he wrote his first book, Stories from Beyond the Clouds, an anthology of Tibetan folk stories.
The winner of the London Arts Board New Millennium Prize for short fiction, he is best known as a ghostwriter, his most recent books being: Making A Killing, the inside story of a hired gun in Iraq, and Escape from Baghdad with Captain James Ashcroft; Fatwa, Living with a Death Threat, for Jacky Trevane, Today I’m Alice for Alice Jamieson ;and Sex, Surrealism, Dali and Me, for Carlos Lozano, which has been translated into numerous languages and was the basis of Thurlow's 60-minute Arts & Entertainments documentary on Salvador Dali made to coincide with the centenary of the artist's birth in 2004.
Thurlow has published novels, short fiction, travel and has written for most national newspapers. He lives in both Chelsea and Cadaqués, Spain, with the travel writer Iris Gioia.
Writers chop and change agents until they feel totally comfortable, which I did on finding Andrew Lownie.