David Gilmour is a writer. He has lived in Beirut, Cairo and Paris, and specialised in the Middle East as a journalist. He has written on countries including Lebanon, Spain and Italy, and biographies on Sicilian writer Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, Lord Curzon and Rudyard Kipling. He has also written reviews for various publications including the New York Review of Books, the Spectator, the TLS, the Financial Times and the Independent on Sunday. David Gilmour is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a former Research Fellow of Oxford University.