Tim Ecott

Tim Ecott

Tim Ecott is a former BBC World Service staff correspondent. He has worked widely in Africa and the Indian Ocean, writing documentaries for radio, screen and non-fiction, drawing heavily on his fondness for the natural world.

Tim’s first book was the international bestseller Neutral Buoyancy: Adventures in a Liquid World (Penguin), a lyrical history of underwater exploration and accounts of his underwater encounters with sharks, dolphins and sea cucumbers. His other books include Vanilla (Penguin) and Stealing Water: A Secret Life in an African City (Sceptre).

In The Land of Maybe: A Faroe Islands Year (Short Books, March 2020) Tim captures the essence of 'slow life' on the 18 windswept islands that make up the Faroes in the North Atlantic. Closer to the UK than Denmark, this fast disappearing world is home to a close-knit society of just 50,000 people, whose Viking roots, language and unique way of life are unlike any other in Scandinavia.