He was educated at Diocesan College, Cape Town and Westminster School. He graduated in history from Oxford University and made many historical documentaries for the BBC and Channel 4, including producer of The World at War and The Nuclear Age.
He died on 25 October 2017 at the age of 69.
- A War of Nerves: Soldiers and psychiatrists 1914—1994, Jonathan Cape, London
- After Daybreak — the Liberation of Belsen, 1945, Pimlico, London, 2006, ISBN 978-1-84413-540-0
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