Rory Stewart was born in Hong Kong and grew up in Malaysia. After a brief period in the British Army, he joined the Foreign Office, serving in Indonesia and Montenegro, Yugoslavia. In 2002 he completed a 6,000 mile walk from Turkey to Bangladesh. The Places In Between, an account of crossing Afghanistan on foot shortly after the US invasion was published in 2004. He was awarded an OBE for his work in Iraq and is currently lecturing at HarvardUniversity.