Cutting grass and wood

September 15, 2016 § Leave a comment


I have a piece on rural life in China in the new Dublin Review.

Royal Literary Fund

September 6, 2016 § Leave a comment


I’m honoured to have been appointed as an RLF Fellow for Newcastle University for this year.

Nick Holdstock

Guardian piece

June 15, 2016 § Leave a comment


My first piece for The Guardian is a book review of Rob Schmitz’s look at life on a street in Shanghai.


March 25, 2016 § Leave a comment

The new Sokurov film about The Louvre is out soon – the trailer raises both the typical fears (that it will be pretentious) and the typical hopes (that it will be sublime).

This Census-Taker

February 9, 2016 § Leave a comment


I review China Mieville’s new novella in the latest Literary Review. My three-word verdict: ‘confused and confusing’.

China Rhyming

January 18, 2016 § Leave a comment



Thanks to Paul French for his piece on China’s Forgotten People on his excellent blog, which has a lot of good material on the erosion of China’s visible history.

Letter to LRB

January 13, 2016 § Leave a comment


I wrote a response to Seymour Hersh’s recent piece on Syria in the London Review of Books.

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