Paddy Woodworth ( author and journalist, b. 1951, Bray, Ireland) was a staff journalist at the Irish Times from 1988 to 2002, first as arts editor and then as an editor and contributor on the foreign desk. He is currently a freelance author and lecturer, and is setting up a business as a specialist tour guide. His first book, Dirty War, Clean Hands (Yale 2003), was described by Franco biographer Paul Preston as one of the most important books about post-Franco Spain ever published. His latest book, The Basque Country (Oxford 2008) is a series of essays on the region, ranging from gastronomy to the Guggenheim museum, from folk rituals to political violence. It was described by the Financial Times as shrewd and affectionate full of gems a good eye for architecture and topography a splendid portrait of a bewitching land.. He has lectured widely in the US (including Dartmouth, Carleton, Harvard, Georgetown, and Madison-Wisconsin), Britain (including the LSE and Cambridge), Ireland and Spain. He is a member of the European Cultural Parliament. He has been awarded fellowships to the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, and to Dartmouth College. His next book, Restoring the Future, about ecological restoration projects worldwide, is due from Chicago University Press in 2010. His work has also appeared in Vanity Fair, the London Times and Sunday Times, the International Herald Tribune, the Sunday Post, the Irish Examiner, El País, Política Exterior, Studies in 20th & 21st Literature, Erlea, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, the International Journal of Iberian Studies, the World Policy Journal, Hermes, Ecological Restoration, BBC Wildlife and The Scientist. He has broadcast for Radio Telifís Éireann (RTE), the BBC, Sky, Spanish radio and television and US networks.