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We Need a Museum of Homophobia

This blog originally appeared on the Huffington Post UK site (www.huffingtonpost.co.uk) This year we have marked the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales. Exhibitions such as Queer British Art at the Tate, and Love, Law and Liberty at the British Library, have provided a…

One-line reviews of 100+ books: 41-50

Features: ‘The Catcher in the Rye’; ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’; and Camus and Orwell. One-line review #41: ‘Darkness at Noon’ by Arthur Koestler. Fascinating and compelling insight into the kinds of moral conflicts you don’t find in other Stalinist-era novels (principally because the protagonist, Rubashov, has a lot…

1969: The State of the Nation

Here is a discarded preface from an earlier version of the novel I am working on. It’s an overview of the ‘state of the nation’ of Afghanistan at the end of President Kennedy’s ‘Development Decade.‘ The year is 1969. A spectre is haunting the Afghan project of a ‘New Democracy’:…

Thoughts on swimming

Swimming is so much pleasanter once you start treating the water like your partner rather than your enemy. This sounds obvious yet it has taken me until my 28th year to realise it. I have swum more in the last four days than in the ten years preceding. (Where a…

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