I've been a journalist for more than 30 years. I started my career in national newspapers on the Sunday Times. I worked for the Sunday Times insight team doing investigative journalism, doing stories like the Iranian embassy siege, the Yorkshire Ripper murders and so on.
After that, I decided to go freelance and I've written for a lot of national newspapers: the Guardian, both the Independents, mainly as a columnist, the Evening Standard too, and I also write books. I'm the author of six novels -- published novels and I also write feminist books and my most famous book is about women-hating, called "Mysogynies", and I also wrote for Penguin a book about secular morality. And then I do my human rights work. For -- from 2000 to 2004, I chaired the English PEN Writers In Prison Committee, which was set up to promote freedom of expression around the world and to look after imprisoned writers and their families. So at any one time, we were looking after about 50 writers, academics, poets and so on in places like Syria, China, trying to make representations on their behalf. Latterly, we started sending people to observe their trials if they were in court.
I -- in 2005, I went and observed the trial of Orhan Pamuk in Istanbul when he was on trying for insulting Turkish identity and then latterly, in 2008, I got involved in a literacy project in Sierra Leone, collecting books in this country. I did that with the Times. They gave me the space to launch an appeal for children's books when I came back from Freetown, and we were able to collect about a quarter of a million/300,000 children's books, which we shipped out to Sierra Leone to set up school libraries in -- between 1,500 and 2,500 books in different schools. So I do both those things.