The Two-Child Policy

November 6, 2015 § Leave a comment


This week I wrote about China’s plans to end the one-child policy on the London Review of Books Blog.

Louisiana Book Festival

October 30, 2015 § Leave a comment


I’ll be at the Louisiana Book Festival in Baton Rouge on Sat 31 November.

As well as a solo event for The Casualties, I’ll also be taking part in what’s likely to be a great panel about 80 years of The Southern Review, a magazine I’m proud to contribute to. Here are a few of the stories I’ve written for them:



And then

October 12, 2015 § Leave a comment


I have a new story in the Autumn issue of The Southern Review.

FT quote

October 12, 2015 § Leave a comment

I’m quoted in today’s Financial Times in a piece on recent violence in Xinjiang.

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’.

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