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Perception of Doors

A wry and delicate novel about the ancient human fact of migration. Journey’s End. Review of Mohsin Hamid, Exit West. Financial Times, 25 February, 2017. (Slightly) longer version below… The tragedy of Europe today, Mohsin Hamid has suggested in his essays and … Continue reading

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The Sound of Islay

Introducing the Bodley Head / FT essay competition. Financial Times | 11 November 2016. 1. Just before I turned 30 I was homeless for a while. Homeless is the wrong word, an exaggeration. But I was in Edinburgh with little money … Continue reading

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Sea Power

From Cape Town to Dar es Salaam, and back again… A genre-busting book, Under Nelson Mandela Boulevard does a rare thing: it is non-fiction that breaks the mould of works that look in on the continent from the outside. It … Continue reading

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Where? What? Why?

Not sure about J. M. Coetzee’s Schooldays. New Statesman | 5 October 2016 | PDF.

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The Institute for the Less Good Idea

Visiting William Kentridge at his Johannesburg studio. Profile for Financial Times magazine | 2 September 2016 | [PDF]. My (longer) edit, with The Nose reinstated: I knew I was at the right place because of the cats. Two sculpted, spiky creatures faced … Continue reading

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Kingdom of Rain

An interview with Rustum Kozain. The following conversation took place on 31 July 2015 at Rustum Kozain’s flat in Tamboerskloof, Cape Town. Prior to my arrival, Rustum had prepared a chicken balti with cabbage according to a recipe from Birmingham, … Continue reading

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