Looking forward to reading in Sweden next week at the English Bookshop, at both its Stockholm and Uppsala branches, on the 18th and 20th respectively. I have good memories of doing an event there for The Casualties all the way back in… 2017.
Thanks to Ali Braidwood for a stimulating and enjoyable conversation about Quarantine that you can listen to here.
You can read the start of Quarantine here.
You can hear me on the BBC Radio Scotland Afternoon Show talking about Quarantine.
Segment starts at 1.10.21.
One epigraph for a novel is plenty – and perhaps already too much – but in an attempt to have it both ways, here are some of the big-eyed darlings I had to drown for the new book. First is a quote from Walter Benjamin’s essay on Proust.
From Lispector’s Near to the Wild Heart (tr. Alison Entrekin)
And Goethe’s poem ‘Above the mountaintops’
I wrote about staring out the window for the Royal Literary Fund.
I’ll be launching my new novel Quarantine at Golden Hare Books in Edinburgh on May 5th. Tickets available here.
I reviewed Di Benedetto’s reissued novel for the TLS.
I reviewed three new books on Xinjiang in this week’s TLS.
I have a new story at Lunate called ‘Open’.
I picked 3 short fictions for Banshee magazine, all of them challenging, interesting pieces. Lots of other good picks on the list to investigate.
I wrote about Ai Wei Wei’s memoir for Literary Review. Inexplicably, the review makes no mention of this incident:
I wrote aout Yan Lianke’s newly translated (but old) novel for the Times Literary Supplement. Mao gets the best line in the piece:
My second novel will be out from Swift Press next year – you can pre-order here.
I have a story in the new issue of Banshee about the joys of tenement living. You can preorder here.
I wrote about Colin Thubron’s new book, The Amur River, for the Literary Review’s 500th issue.
I picked some books to help understand the situation in Xinjiang for Shepherd.
My piece on Orville Schell’s novel is in the latest TLS.
I wrote about Moscow’s Stalinist skyscrapers for the Financial Times.
I wrote a piece on Xinjiang for Index on Censorship. Here’s the conclusion:
I wrote the cover story for the latest TLS.
I wrote a piece on Disney’s terrible new film for the LRB Blog.
Thanks to Aleksandra Kos for an interesting piece which argues that the book explores ‘the experience of embodiment and how this shapes social relations’.
I have a new story on the Short Fiction website about being scared to go outside on a hot day. So not topical at all.
I wrote about the delights of literary ‘success’ for the Royal Literary Fund.
Thanks to Christopher Ruane for a review of the new edition of China’s Forgotten People in Asian Affairs.
I went on Swedish radio to talk about Xinjiang and other small questions like the future of China. Listen here