Peter Conrad was born in Hobart, Tasmania. He teaches English literature at Christ Church, Oxford. He has written for the New York Times, The New Yorker, the Observer and the New Statesman. He has published 19 books on a variety of subjects; among the best known are Modern Times, Modern Places, A Song of Love and Death: The Meaning of Opera, and studies of Hitchcock and Orson Welles. His most recent book is How the World Was Won: The Americanization of Everywhere. His piece, ‘The New World’, appeared in Granta 70.