Ian Jack is a writer and editor who has a weekly column in the Guardian. From 1995 to 2007 he edited the literary magazine Granta and from 1991 to 2005 the Independent on Sunday, of which he was a co-founder. He began his career as a journalist in newspapers in Scotland and for sixteen years worked at the Sunday Times as a reporter, editor and foreign correspondent, mainly in the Indian Subcontinent. He has reviewed books for many periodicals, including the New York Times and the London Review of Books. His own books are Before the Oil Ran Out (1987) and The Crash That Stopped Britain (2001).