Rory Stewart OBE is a Scottish writer. He was born in Hong Kong, raised in Malaysia, Vietnam and Scotland and educated at Eton and Balliol College, Oxford, where he studied history and philosophy. He was a summer tutor to Prince William and Prince Harry in the early 90s.
After a brief period as an officer in the British Infantry (the Black Watch) , Stewart joined the Foreign Office. He served in the British Embassy in Indonesia from 1997 to 1999, as the British Representative to Montenegro in the wake of the Kosovo campaign and as Coalition Deputy Governor of Maysan and Senior Advisor in Dhi Qar, two provinces in southern Iraq during 2003?2004. From 2004, he was a Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Harvard University, USA. He has travelled extensively, notably in Iraq and Afghanistan. From 2000-2002 he walked across Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan, India and Nepal, a journey of 6000 miles.
His first book, The Places in Between (2004), was a critically lauded account of his experiences in Afghanistan, and a New York Times bestseller. It won the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize, a Scottish Arts Council prize and the Spirit of Scotland award in 2005 and was short-listed for the Guardian First Book Award and the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize.
His second book, The Prince of the Marshes: And Other Occupational Hazards of a Year in Iraq (2006), outlines his experiences as deputy governor of the Iraqi province of Maysan and Senior Advisor in the province of Dhi Qar shortly after coalition forces entered Iraq and describes his struggles to establish a functional government in these regions.
Stewart currently lives in Kabul, where he is the Chief Executive of The Turquoise Mountain Foundation, which has established a school for traditional masonry, tile-work, wood-work, and plasterwork in Kabul, Afghanistan. The foundation has received financial support from Aga Khan IV, the School of Traditional Arts in London, and other sources. Source - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rory_Stewart