Gavin Evans was born in London but grew up mainly in Cape Town. After a year studying in Texas, he returned to South Africa to become intensely involved in the anti-apartheid struggle in various capacities. Along the way he studied economic history and law before completing a PhD in political studies. He worked as a journalist for several South African newspapers and as a foreign correspondent for a Rome-based news agency.
He returned to London with his wife and first daughter in 1993, initially working as a freelance journalist (for The Guardian, Esquire, Men’s Health and several other publications), broadcaster and author. His five non-fiction books include two sporting biographies, a memoir, Dancing Shoes is Dead, and a coffee table book on boxing history, and he has contributed chapters to several other books.
Over the past decade he has lectured in the Culture and Media department at Birkbeck College, and at the London School of Journalism. He also writes obituaries for The Independent and others, broadcasts for the BBC World Service and has acquired a serious, long-distance running habit.
Gavin is currently working on two books on subjects that fascinate him – one on genes and gender and the other on race science.
I approached The Andrew Lownie Literary Agency on the recommendation of a fellow author, and after being impressed by its strong and varied non-fiction list.