Monthly Archives: November 2009

Punished for good behaviour

If you’re in Rome on 5 December you might like to take part in No-Berlusconi Day, the product of a viral campaign to eject the Buffoon from power before he does any more damage. Don’t be put off (or encouraged?) … Continue reading

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The Fiction Desk interview

A couple of weeks ago I met up with Rob, the man behind one of the most interesting and wide-ranging literary blogs around, The Fiction Desk. We had an excellent lunch and talked about, among other things, writing, publishing strategies, … Continue reading

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Charlotte Gainsbourg and Beck: Heaven can Wait

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Partial but clear-sighted vision

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Another day, another thought

Today’s thought comes from The Waste Books, by Georg Christoph Lichtenberg: It is a question whether, when we break a murderer on the wheel, we do not fall into the error a child makes when it hits the chair it … Continue reading

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A dark, fast-paced story…

Amazon has just posted the cover of my next novel, published by Picador in May 2010, which makes it feel oddly official. Here it is. You can pre-order from the big boys here and from Book Depository, at a lower … Continue reading

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Button up

The France Soir correspondent in Rome, Ariel Dumont, has just been sacked for being anti-Berlusconian. This isn’t what the paper says, of course. The editor talks about the need to rationalise its overseas representation for reasons of budget and denies … Continue reading

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