Michael Collins is a London-born author, journalist and broadcaster. He has written for the Observer, Guardian, IndependentTLS, Telegraph, Prospect, New StatesmanLiterary ReviewWallpaper, Arena Homme , Esquire, Vogue Sunday Times. His book The Likes Of Us: A Biography of the White Working Class won the George Orwell Prize in 2005. It was serialised in The Guardian and became the Channel Four documentary The British Working Class. In 2011 he wrote and presented The Great Estate: The Rise & Fall of the Council House, broadcast on BBC4 and BBC2. He has contributed to BBC The Culture Show, The Politics Show  and Radio 4's Start the Week, Woman's HourSaturday ReviewThe Long View. His BBC4 documentary on suburbia Everyday Eden was last broadcast in 2018.