Born in London, Will graduated from Newcastle University with a degree in Combined Studies, specialising in Chinese politics. He then lived and worked in India for two years as a journalist. After a brief interlude in Thailand, where he made a film about Burmese refugees and the Karen guerrillas, he moved to Hong Kong and began working as a financial journalist. It was in Hong Kong that he also met his wife-to-be, Maria. He later transferred to New York. Maria joined him, and they married in December 1998. His original dream, however, was to write a novel, and so soon after moving to New York, Will plucked up the courage to leave his job in pursuit of writing. Since then, he has written three books: Paperback Raita (2002), White Ghosts (2004), and The Weight of the City (2007). He and Maria have two sons.