William Chislett was born in Oxford in 1951. He reported on Spain’s 1975-78 transition to democracy for The Times and between 1978 and 1984 he was based in Mexico City for The Financial Times. After two years in the head office of the FT in London, he returned to Madrid permanently in 1986. In the 1990s he wrote various books on Latin American countries. The Real Instituto Elcano, Spain’s leading think tank whose honorary chairman is King Felipe VI, has published four books of his on Spain since it was founded in 2002. He covers Spain for Elcano, including a monthly review of the main events in the country (Inside Spain). He has spoken on Spain at the universities of Harvard, Princeton, Chicago, Georgetown, London School of Economics, Oxford and The Economist Roundtable on Spain, and has been a visiting scholar at the King Juan Carlos I of Spain Centre, New York University, and at Bilkent University, Ankara. Oxford University Press (OUP) published his book on Spain in 2013 in its well-known series “What Everyone Needs to Know."