The Goats Have Been Released

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I’m very pleased to announce that my novel Goat Music has just been published. It is a reinvention of the tale of Apollo and Marsyas, and features fallible gods, singing frogs, musical goats, and at the centre of it all, an irrepressible satyr. It has been very kindly blurbed by the wonderful Jonathan Taylor, who says the book is ‘playful …

Lucy and the Rocket Dog

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I’m delighted to say that I’ve sold the rights for my forthcoming middle-grade children’s book, Lucy and the Rocket Dog. The book is about space-dogs, friendship, relativity, wormholes and other such matters. Knopf over in New York have acquired the rights, and so the book should be coming out in the summer of 2017. The Turkish edition, Lucy ve Laika, …

Sixty-Four Chance Pieces in the Asian Review of Books

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Jonathan Chatwin has written a very nice piece in the Asian Review of Books about my Sixty-Four Chance Pieces. We met up the other week down in Birmingham, and spent an enjoyable Saturday morning talking about writing, China and other matters. Here’s an extract from Jonathan’s write-up: The tales of Sixty Four Chance Pieces wear the scholarly and creative struggles of their creator lightly. …

More on those four great mysteries…

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When I was in Suzhou a few weeks ago, I gave a talk about my Sixty-Four Chance Pieces at the wonderful Bookworm bookshop, called ‘Four Great Mysteries’ (see the blog post here). In preparation for the talk, I scrawled the following notes, and although the talk itself diverged occasionally wildly from what I’ve written here (the wine helped, as did the fun of …

Graffiti and Numerology in Leicester

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The I Ching, it seems, gets everywhere. This morning, as I was walking into town here in Leicester, I spotted some strange symbols painted onto a building-site hoarding outside Tesco, just by the park. The first thing that caught my eye was an image of the trigram dui (兌) ☱, or ‘lake’.     In case of any ambiguity, next door was written …