US Tour

September 15, 2015 § Leave a comment


I’m very excited about appearing at some great independent bookstores in the US and Canada over the next 6 weeks to promote my first novel, The Casualties. Thanks to all at Powerhouse in New York for a great launch for the book on September 3rd as well. I also want to thank Creative Scotland for helping fund the tour.

September 24- Box of Delights Bookshop, Wolfville, Nova Scotia

September 29 – Lunenburg Bound, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

October 5 – Powell’s bookstore, Portland, OR, with Marjorie Sandor

October 13 – Octopus Literary Salon, Oakland, CA

October 16 – Book Passage, San Fransisco with Matthew Siegel

October 20 – Sundance Books, Reno, Nevada

Oct 31 – Louisiana Book Festival, Baton Rouge


Everyday Corruption in China

September 11, 2015 § Leave a comment


I write about the Tianjin explosion and the need to reform low-level governance in China on the LRB Blog.

Review in TLS

September 11, 2015 § Leave a comment


Thanks to Rian Thum for a very fair review in the Times Literary Supplement (9/11) of China’s Forgotten People in which he calls it ‘the most reliable journalistic account published in the past few decades’ and a ‘much-needed resource’.

Time Out Shanghai

September 8, 2015 § Leave a comment


There’s a Q and A about China’s Forgotten People in the new issue of Time Out Shanghai.

BBC Arts

August 28, 2015 § Leave a comment


My Edinburgh Book Festival event about The Casualties can now be listened to on the BBC Arts website (though possibly not for ever and ever. So if this link stops working, I apologise…)


August 24, 2015 § Leave a comment

is my favourite word in Steve Donoghue’s interesting review of The Casualties at Open Letters Monthly.

Q and A on The Casualties

August 22, 2015 § Leave a comment


Thanks to Caroline Leavitt for doing a Q and A with me about The Casualties, which as usual made me realise all kinds of things about where the book came from. Shockingly, I even admit to having a broad streak of pessimism.

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