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Andrew Smith

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I was born in New York, but have lived most of my life in the UK and started out as a journalist, just writing and writing at Melody Maker, then The Face, Sunday Times and Observer. The engine of my work is always curiosity: my first book, 'Moondust', stemmed from me wondering what had happened to the 12 men who walked on the Moon between 1969 and '72; my second from bewilderment at the way Web 1.0, the wild first phase of the internet, imploded and vanished so mysteriously in 2000.

These days I also make the odd documentary film, most notably 'Being Neil Armstrong' and 'To Kill a Mockingbird at 50' for BBC4. I'm currently part way into a novel (based on copious research about real events) and into adapting 'Totally Wired' for TV.

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Totally Wired: on the Trail of the Great Dotcom Swindle (Nonfiction)
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“of the way all that is best in humanity appears to have been driven by everything that is worst.”
Andrew Smith, Moondust: In Search of the Men Who Fell to Earth

“When I think about my life, I'm always thinking, 'I hope I live long enough to do all the stories I know.' And I know I'm not gonna, 'cos I got a list over there and it keeps getting a little bit longer.”
Andrew Smith, Moondust: In Search Of The Men Who Fell To Earth

“Social scientists call it the ‘narrative turn’. An identifiable lurch towards describing our world explicitly in terms of story: to situating ourselves within revolving webs of narrative, on which our sensess of place and identity and connection to others can rest. Most date the birth of this ‘new narrative age’ to the mid-90s. One, the French theorist Christian Salmon, ventures a specific year. 1995. The year of Netscape, Pseudo, the ubiquity of the web.”
Andrew Smith, Totally Wired: The Wild Rise and Crazy Fall of the First Dotcom Dream

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Andrew Smith You're welcome Isabell - lovely to meet you!

Estelle B. Thank you for your friendship on this site. Moondust is on my must-read list! : )

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