Dr Matthew Thompson is the author of Mayhem, an account of the life and times of Australia’s most notorious bandit and prisoner, Christopher ‘Badness’ Binse. He has also written two books of international reportage: the best-selling My Colombian Death and its acclaimed sequel, Running with the Blood God. Researching these books found Matthew hiking into bamboo forests to meet Filipino guerrillas, sprinting from Iranian riot police, taking part in traumatic ceremonies with a Colombian shaman and exploring the country’s then-paramilitarised street life, touring Kosovo with Serb nationalists, weeping inconsolably at a Pow Wow in Portland, Oregon, and much more. Matthew has worked and written for a range of newspapers and magazines, edited book manuscripts, and has written and produced radio documentaries. He is a conjoint fellow at the Centre for the History of Violence at the University of Newcastle.