David Pilling

David Pilling

David Pilling has reported from at least 50 countries over two decades as a foreign correspondent working for the Financial Times. That probably makes him 50 times more confused than the average person, but it has also made him inquisitive and unafraid of asking dumb questions. Pilling became accustomed to writing about "the economy", "growth" and "GDP" early in his reporting career. But only as he moved around the world from supposedly stagnant Japan to booming China and Brexit Britain did he begin to realise just how deluded the public debate can be about what an economy is and what it is for. He wanted to use an entertaining style, interviews and anecdotes from around the world to write a short book that would shed light on matters we often leave to economists - but really shouldn't. The result is "The Growth Delusion".

David Pilling has worked for the Financial Times since 1990 in various writing and editing roles. He was in Latin America (1993-96); London (1997-2001); and Tokyo (2002-2008). He was Asia Editor of the FT based in Hong Kong (2008-15) and is now Africa Editor and an Associate Editor of the FT. He has won several awards in the UK and Asia for opinion pieces and feature writing. His first book, "Bending Adversity: Japan and the Art of Survival" (Penguin Press, 2014) received outstanding reviews on both sides of the Atlantic and the Pacific. He is based in London but travels frequently to Africa.

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