Cathy Scott-Clark has been a journalist, author and film-maker for more than twenty years, reporting from places as varied as Bosnia, Rwanda, Serbia, Russia, Mongolia, China, Bangladesh, Burma, Laos, Vietnam, Thailand, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Iran, Australia, Ireland, Europe and the UK and USA.
She has written five books – The Stone of Heaven (2001), The Amber Room (2004), Deception: Pakistan, the United States and the Global Nuclear Weapons Conspiracy (2007), The Meadow: Kashmir 1995 – Where The Terror Began (2012) and most recently The Siege (2014). In 2002, Stone of Heaven was chosen by the New York Times as a book of the year. In 2005, The Amber Room was a finalist in the Borders’ Original Voices US book awards, becoming a national best seller there. In 2007, Deception was a Washington Post ‘pick of the year’, and a finalist in the Royal United Services Institute, Duke of Westminster’s Medal for military literature. In 2014, The Siege won the CWA Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction Books. It was also awarded the Ramnath Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism as India’s best non-fiction book of 2014.
In 2004 Cathy won One World Media Award for Foreign Reporting and in 2005 and 2006 was nominated for the Amnesty International Press Awards. She was short-listed for the British Press Awards in 2008 and 2009, when she won the One World Media Journalist of the Year Award.
She has produced radio and television documentaries, including The Search for Kurtz for Channel 4 in 1999, an undercover film on Thailand’s YABA industry for BBC 1 in 2001, and City of Fear for Channel 4’s Dispatches in 2010 that was nominated at the Edinburgh International Television Festival. In 2012, she co-produced for C4 Kashmir’s Torture Trail, which won the 2013 Amnesty International award for best documentary. It was short listed for the Grierson award, and was a finalist in the Rory Peck awards. Chinese Murder Mystery, an investigation into the death of Neil Heywood, was long-listed for a BAFTA and nominated for the Monte Carlo Television Awards 2013. She has also produced films for Vice News and Vice on HBO. Currently she is working on several new projects in Asia and the Middle East, and working on her sixth book.