CUP and ‘Academic Freedom’

August 22, 2017 § Leave a comment


I wrote about Cambridge University Press’s decision to censor some of its content in China for the London Review of Books Blog.


Reading in Stockholm

July 25, 2017 § Leave a comment

Looking forward to reading from The Casualties in Stockholm next week. Event details here.

The ‘perfect police state’

June 23, 2017 § Leave a comment


Two very good pieces from Xinjiang this week – one, a look at the securitisation of Xinjiang by Tom Philips in The Guardian (in which I am quoted), the other a nice piece of reporting from Bortala in Xinjiang by Edward Wong from the New York Times.

The China Journal

June 8, 2017 § Leave a comment


Thanks to Timothy A. Grosse for his generous review of China’s Forgotten People in The China Journal.

Coming out in September

June 6, 2017 § Leave a comment

Chasing the Chinese Dream

The Souls of China

June 5, 2017 § Leave a comment


I wrote a piece on Ian Johnson’s remarkable book about the rebirth of religion in China for Literary Review.

The Phantom of Constancy

June 1, 2017 § Leave a comment


My piece for Open Letters Monthly on the (almost) lost novel of Zdanevich who worked with Picasso, Miro Ernst and Giacometti et al, and in the mid 1970s could still be seen wandering round Paris’s Latin Quarter wearing a sheepskin coat, herding a flock of cats before him.

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