Polly is a writer and award-winning documentary-maker. She spent fifteen years in television, producing and directing documentaries for the BBC, Channel Four and the Discovery Channel. Subjects she tackled on film include: war crimes in the former Yugoslavia, conspiracy theories surrounding 9/11, the economics of organised crime, political terrorism in Europe and Latin America, the science of cryptography, the love life of the first Duke of Wellington and a history of the Bible.
Polly left the BBC in 2009 to write her first widely-acclaimed book, The Society of Timid Souls: or How to be Brave, which won a RSL/Jerwood Award, was longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and was a Sunday Times Book of the Year. Her second book, Risk Wise – Nine Everyday Adventures was written in conjunction with Alain de Botton and The School of Life, where Polly is a faculty member. Metamorphosis – How and Why We Change is her third book. Combining the human journalism of her background in film with ideas from psychology, philosophy and literature, Polly’s books blend powerful true stories with reflections on how we live today.
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