Paul Harris is a US Correspondent for the British newspapers The Observer and The Guardian. He lives in New York with his wife, Moira Herbst, and writes about all aspects of American political and cultural life. The 2012 race is the third US presidential election he has covered, including 2008’s epic primary battle between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Prior to being posted in the US, Harris was a journalist in Britain and Africa. He has covered conflicts in Iraq, Pakistan, Sudan, Somalia, Burundi and South Africa. His experiences covering the civil war in Sierra Leone formed the inspiration for his first novel, The Secret Keeper. He is glad to have swapped writing about war zones for the equally exotic but slightly less life-threatening world of American politics. He was born in Nottingham, England, in 1972 to an Engish father and an American mother. He remains – despite a staggering lack of recent success – a loyal supporter of the Nottingham Forest football team.