I'm Laurie Blair, a British journalist and writer. I've reported from across Latin America, including for the BBC, The Economist, the Financial Times, and the Guardian.

My first book explores the history and afterlives of some of South America's "lost" and imagined countries, nations and territories. Drawing on historical research and contemporary reporting, it should be out with Bodley Head in 2020.

Dreams of the Sea, my story on landlocked Bolivia's yearning to return to the ocean, won the Bodley Head/FT Essay Prize.

I studied history, and then international law & politics, at university. I've worked in-house for Oxford Analytica and The Economist Intelligence Unit. I also work as a writer, editor and consultant on sustainable development and politics.

Bylines & radio/video hits include Al Jazeera English, Americas Quarterly, Avaunt Magazine, BBC Radio 4, BBC World Service, BBC World Histories, CNN International, Delayed Gratification, Deutsche Welle, Disegno Magazine, Isis Magazine, Latin Correspondent, National Geographic, Radio Colombia, RFI, The Santiago Times, The Moscow Times, and World Politics Review.

For tips/commissions/other: laurie.a.blair @ gmail.com or @LABlair1492.