Graham Hancock is the author of the major
international bestsellers The Sign and The Seal, Fingerprints of the Gods, and
Heaven's Mirror. His books have sold more than five million copies worldwide and
have been translated into 27 languages. His public lectures, radio and TV
appearances, including two major TV series for Channel 4 in the UK and The
Learning Channel in the US - Quest For The Lost Civilisation and Flooded
Kingdoms of the Ice Age - have put his ideas before audiences of tens of
millions. He has become recognised as an unconventional thinker who raises
controversial questions about humanity's past.
Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, Hancock's early years
were spent in India, where his father worked as a surgeon. Later he went to
school and university in the northern English city of Durham and graduated from
Durham University in 1973 with First Class Honours in Sociology. He went on to
pursue a career in quality journalism, writing for many of Britain's leading
newspapers including The Times, The Sunday Times, The Independent, and The
Guardian. He was co-editor of New Internationalist magazine from 1976-1979 and
East Africa correspondent of The Economist from 1981-1983.
In the early 1980's Hancock's writing began to move
consistently in the direction of books. His first book (Journey Through
Pakistan, with photographers Mohamed Amin and Duncan Willetts) was published in
1981. It was followed by Under Ethiopian Skies (1983), Ethiopia: The Challenge
of Hunger (1984), and AIDS: The Deadly Epidemic (1986). In 1987 Hancock began
work on his widely-acclaimed critique of foreign aid, Lords of Poverty, which
was published in 1989. African Ark (with photographers Angela Fisher and Carol
Beckwith) was published in 1990.
Hancock's breakthrough to bestseller status came in
1992 with the publication of The Sign and The Seal, his epic investigation into
the mystique and whereabouts today of the lost Ark of the Covenant. 'Hancock has
invented a new genre,' commented The Guardian, 'an intellectual whodunit by a
do-it-yourself sleuth.' Fingerprints of the Gods, published in 1995 confirmed
Hancock's growing reputation. Described as 'one of the intellectual landmarks of
the decade' by the Literary Review, this book has now sold more than three
million copies and continues to be in demand all around the world. Subsequent
works such as Keeper Of Genesis (The Message of the Sphinx in the US) with
co-author Robert Bauval, and Heaven's Mirror, with photographer Santha Faiia,
have also been Number 1 bestsellers, the latter accompanied by Hancock's
three-part television series Quest For the Lost Civilisation.
In 2002 Hancock published Underworld: Flooded
Kingdoms of the Ice Age to great critical acclaim, and hosted the accompanying
major TV series. This was the culmination of years of research and on-hand dives
at ancient underwater ruins. Arguing that many of the clues to the origin of
civilization lay underwater, on coastal regions once above water but flooded at
the end of the last Ice age, Underworld offered tangible archaeological evidence
that myths and legends of ancient floods were not to be dismissed out of hand.
Graham's next venture Talisman: Sacred Cities,
Secret Faith, co-authored by Robert Bauval, was published in 2004. This work, a
decade in preparation, returns to the themes last dealt with in Keeper Of
Genesis, seeking further evidence for the continuation of a secret astronomical
cult into modern times. It is a roller-coaster intellectual journey through the
back streets and rat runs of history to uncover the traces in architecture and
monuments of a secret religion that has shaped the world.
In 2005 Graham published Supernatural: Meetings with
The Ancient Teachers of Mankind, an investigation of shamanism and the origins
of religion. This controversial book suggests that experiences in altered states
of consciousness have played a fundamental role in the evolution of human
culture, and that other realities - indeed parallel worlds - surround us all the
time but are not normally accessible to our senses.
While researching Supernatural Hancock travelled to
the Amazon to drink visionary brew Ayahuasca - the Vine of Souls - used by
shamans for more than 4000 years. It was his experiences with the vine lead to
his latest work, Entangled. Written with the same page-turning appeal that has
made his non-fiction so popular Entangled is his first novel. It tells the story
of a supernatural battle of good against evil fought out across the dimension of
time on the human plane.