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Strange Headwinds

A short story I dug out from a couple of years ago. Inspired by Hemingway’s ‘The Snows of Kilimanjaro’, a masterclass in short-storytelling.  *** “What was that?” “Don’t worry about it.” “Oh, don’t say that.” She arched her neck over her left shoulder and peered out the window of the Cessna Caravan….

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’:…

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