Tuesday 26 December 2017

A Christmas Day Backlisted podcast with Andy Miller, John Mitchinson, James Cook and me discussing Ian Fleming, Bond, and On Her Majesty's Secret Service. Listen here

Saturday 23 December 2017

One of my favourite books of the year was Tom Rachman's collection of Trump tales, Basket of Deplorables. Here's my piece for Review 31

Wednesday 13 December 2017

A dirty great Big Mac of a book. My piece on UnAmerican Activities, James Miller's descent into the moronic inferno of 21st-century America, for Review 31

Monday 11 December 2017

My review of the essential anthology, Best European Fiction 2018 from the Dalkey Archive Press in the TLS

Wednesday 6 December 2017

I will be co-chairing a Dodo Ink Showcase with novelist and editor Sam Mills, at Burley Fisher Books on Wed December 13th. Speaking will be Dodo Ink authors Neil Griffiths, Seraphina Madsen, and James Miller. Do come along for mulled wine, and some daring, challenging fiction. Tickets here


Faith, doubt, and temptation are explored in As A God Might Be, an epic Dovstoevskian novel by Neil Griffiths. Here's my piece for Literary Review

Thursday 12 October 2017

My review of Monique Roffey's brilliant & subversive erotic novella The Tryst for the TLS

Monday 11 September 2017

Here's my take on Fiona Mozley's Man Booker Prize-nominated debut, Elmet, in the Literary Review

Tuesday 29 August 2017

Delighted that Home, the short film I co-wrote with director Meena Ayittey, is getting its first screening on Thursday 31st August 2017 at the Hackney Picture House. Do come along.

The trailer for Home can be seen here

Sunday 30 July 2017

I wrote about discovering Kawabata for the first time via a student of mine. One of those writers you don't know how you ever lived without... Here's my piece for Essay Saturday in Litro


Thursday 13 July 2017

I review two nightmarish dystopian novels, both from Serpent's Tail. Krasznahorkai's classic 1989 The Melancholy of Resistance, and Heinz Helle's recent second book, Euphoria. Read my piece for Review 31 here

Friday 23 June 2017

A year on from the EU Referendum comes Anthony Cartwright's incisive Brexit novella, The Cut. My review for the Guardian here

Tuesday 13 June 2017

The Nothing is Hanif Kureishi's best fiction for years. Here's my review for 3:AM Magazine

Monday 5 June 2017

Here's my piece on Joyce Carol Oates' brilliant & capacious new novel, A Book of American Martyrs, for Literary Review

Wednesday 24 May 2017

The beautifully produced Tangerine magazine have run a story of mine in their second issue. Read 'En Plein Air' here

Friday 19 May 2017

Delighted to be longlisted for the Pin Drop RA Short Story Award 2017.  Read the full list here

Tuesday 9 May 2017

Edward Docx's compelling new novel, Let Go My Hand, explores fathers and sons, mortality, and the blended family. Here's my review in the Spectator

Monday 27 March 2017

The good people at The Stockholm Review have run a story of mine in their new issue. Read 'Tomatoes' here

Thursday 23 March 2017

The American short story renaissance continues with this collection of refugee tales, In the Country, from US-based Filipino writer, Mia Alvar. Out for a while now, I review it for Structo

Thursday 9 March 2017

Here's my review of Ross Raisin's exceptional new novel, A Natural (which explores how a secretly gay player negotiates the macho world of Premier League football), for the Guardian


Thursday 2 March 2017

An American short story Renaissance? Here's my review of four fierce new collections:
  • Viet Thanh Nguyen's The Refugees
  • April Ayers Lawson's Virgin and Other Stories
  • Roxane Gay's Difficult Women
  • Ottessa Moshfegh's Homesick for Another World Literary Review

  • Thursday 26 January 2017

    I review two strong novels exploring refugees, migration and borders - Dorit Rabinyan's All the Rivers, and Armando Lucas Correa's The German Girl - for Litro