Adam Roberts joined The Economist as a writer in the Foreign Department in June 1998, with a particular focus on developing countries and transnational issues. He is currently European Business and Finance correspondent, based in Paris. Prior to this he spent five years based in Delhi as South Asia bureau chief, overseeing political and general coverage from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal and Myanmar, among other countries. His other postings include Africa correspondent, based in Johannesburg.
Adam’s most recent book is Superfast, Primetime, Ultimate Nation; the Relentless Invention of Modern India, published by Profile Books. Drawn from years of on-the-ground research and extensive travel, it asks what it would take for India to emerge as a stronger power – and what severe problems continue to hold it back. This is a sympathetic and detailed portrait of Indian life from high politics to family relationships, written with ‘a reporter’s keen eye, an analyst’s sweep of mind, the historian’s judiciousness’ (Nisid Hajari), and capturing ‘the drama and hyperbole of a rapidly morphing nation in all its complexity’ (Nandan Nilekani).
Adam’s previous book, The Wonga Coup (published by Profile Books in 2006), recounts a true story of how western mercenaries, including the son of a former British prime minister, failed in a coup plot against Equatorial Guinea. This was described by The Sunday Times as ‘riveting and superbly researched . . . a brilliant, mordant, blackly comic read’.
A graduate of Oxford and the London School of Economics, Adam currently lives with his wife and children in Paris.