Michael was educated at the universities of Oxford and Hamburg and is a renowned Scottish historian and author. His books include The Scottish Empire (2001); Edinburgh - A History of the City (2009); and A New Race of Men - Scotland 1815-1914 (2013). He has also written numerous articles on modern Scottish history and several political pamphlets. He has contributed to most major Scottish and British newspapers and has been a weekly columnist for the Scotsman, the Herald and The Sunday Times.
Michael is, of course, a co-founder and first Chairman of The Tuesday Club. For thirty years he was a member of the Conservative Party, but recently he has co-founded Wealthy Nation.
Michael will be discussing his new book, Glasgow, A History of the City, published by Head of Zeus.