Rachel Aspden became literary editor of the New Statesman in 2006, at the age of 26. She now works at The Guardian, as well as writing freelance for the New Statesman, Observer, Prospect, and Think magazine (Qatar). She lived in Cairo from 2003-4 and worked as an editor and reporter for the English-language Cairo Times. In 2010, she was awarded a year-long travelling fellowship by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust to research activists working to fight extremism within Islam. She is currently based in London.