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.

The Dying Grass

August 18, 2015 § Leave a comment


My possibly quixotic attempt to make you read William Vollmann’s incredible new book is now at the LA Review of Books.

What I was reading

August 13, 2015 § Leave a comment


Thanks to Writers Read for asking.

New York Times interview on CFP

August 13, 2015 § Leave a comment


Thanks to Ian Johnson of the New York Times for the interview.

Ian Johnson writes for the NYT and NYRB on China – his work on urbanisation in China is especially well worth a look.

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