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


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’.

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…)

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