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Tim Hannigan is a freelance travel journalist and photographer.

Born and brought up in Cornwall in the far west of the United Kingdom, he first came to Indonesia a decade ago as a globetrotting surfer. That first journey – through the outer reaches of Nusa Tenggara at the height of the wet season – was the start of an enduring fascination, and he soon returned to live and work in Java, first as a teacher, and then as a journalist and photographer.

Over the years he has travelled thousands of kilometres by motorbike along the back-roads of Java in pursuit of strange stories and striking images.

The research for Raffles and the British Invasion of Java took him from the depths of the India Office Archives in the British Library in London to the byways of Yogyakarta, and saw him wrestle with reels of microfilm and with rough mountain roads between towering volcanoes.

A former professional chef and a journalism graduate of the University of Gloucestershire, these days Tim Hannigan divides his time between his native Cornwall and Indonesia. He writes features and takes photos for various newspapers and magazines in Asia and the UK. His first book, Murder in the Hindu Kush: George Hayward and the Great Game, a biography of a mysterious and ill-fated Victorian explorer was published in 2011 and was shortlisted for the Boardman Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature.

For more information about Tim Hannigan’s travel writing and photography, see his Words and Images blog.

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