Rose George studied modern languages at the University of Oxford, then international politics at the University of Pennsylvania. She became an intern at the Nation magazine in New York in 1994, in offices so scruffy they were chosen for the set of a Woody Allen film, and has been writing ever since. Her first book, A Life Removed, looked at the reality of refugee life. The Big Necessity, an exploration of sanitation, has been putting people off lunch since 2008, and Deep Sea and Foreign Going (2013), on merchant shipping, enabled her to run away to sea. She is now thinking seriously about blood.