Nicholas Shaxson

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Nicholas Shaxson
Born 1966 (age 48–49)
Occupation Author
Nationality British
Notable works Poisoned Wells, Treasure Islands

Nicholas Shaxson (born 1966) is a British author, journalist, and an Associate Fellow of Chatham House (the Royal Institute of International Affairs in London). He is best known for his investigative books Poisoned Wells (2007) and Treasure Islands (2011). He is a full-time writer and researcher for the Tax Justice Network, an expert-led group focused on the harmful impacts of tax avoidance, tax competition and tax havens.[1][2]


Shaxson was born in Malawi and educated at Bedford Modern School. He has lived at various times in India, Brazil, England, Lesotho, Spain, Angola, South Africa, Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands. Since 1993 he has written on global business and politics for the Financial Times, Reuters, the Economist and its sister publication the Economist Intelligence Unit, International Affairs, Foreign Affairs, American Interest, the BBC, Africa Confidential, African Energy, and others.[1]

Shaxson currently lives with his partner and their two children in Berlin.[3]

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  1. ^ a b The Author: Nicholas Shaxson,, November 19, 2010
  2. ^ Shaxson, Nicholas, The truth about tax havens, The Guardian, January 8, 2011
  3. ^ How to Write About Tax Havens and the Super-Rich: An Interview with Nicholas Shaxson,, February 12, 2014
  4. ^ Alison Flood (6 March 20). "New prize for radical writing announces shortlist". Retrieved May 2, 2012.  Check date values in: |date= (help)

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