New Traffic Patterns May Emerge

April 21, 2017 § Leave a comment


My story from Short Fiction 10 is now online.

TLS review of ‘Uyghur Nation’

April 19, 2017 § Leave a comment


I wrote a piece on David Brophy’s remarkable book for the Times Literary Supplement.

An almost-equally burning question

April 13, 2017 § Leave a comment

This time: How I write.

The smell of death

March 20, 2017 § Leave a comment

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In today’s Guardian I wander round various lesser-known Chinese cities and talk to people about what it’s like to live and work in such fast expanding places. I am also asked to sample the smell of death.

The same thing, on a larger scale, is the subject of my next book, Chasing the Chinese Dream, out in September from IB Tauris.

The Burning Question

March 3, 2017 § Leave a comment

In which I answer the burning question of WHY I WRITE. Warning: this contains my actual voice.

The Explosion Chronicles

March 1, 2017 § Leave a comment


I reviewed Yan Lianke’s novel The Explosion Chronicles in the March issue of Literary Review. I thought it was a bloated, prurient, timid satire.

The Return of Munchausen

March 1, 2017 § Leave a comment


I wrote a piece on the great Soviet fabulist Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky for Open Letters Monthly.

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