Madeleine Bunting is a columnist on the Guardian. She joined the paper in 1989 as a general reporter and has been a leader writer as well as reporting on religious affairs, Europe and development issues. She has won several awards for her journalism and is a regular broadcaster. Her previous book, The Model Occupation, on World War II history of the Channel Islands, was published in 1995. Born in Oswaldkirk, North Yorkshire, she studied at Cambridge before winning a postgraduate scholarship to Harvard. She lives in East London and has three children.