A Decade of Books in Emojis

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This year marks a decade since the publication of my first book, Cargo Fever. As it is a Sunday morning, and I have nothing else to do, I thought I would mark the occasion by translating the titles of all my books into emoji. I’ve included my forthcoming books (😱🏦🔫) ➕👀 and Elee Kirk’s 📸🏛💭 on the list as well, …

Now Represented by C+W

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I’m very pleased to have found myself a new agent at C+W, where I will be represented by the excellent Emma Fine. I’m very much looking forward to getting started on work with Emma on two non-fiction projects that have been in the works for a long time: one big, single-themed project that ranges across anthropology, philosophy, literature, history and …

Chance Pieces on Creative Transformations Asia Blog

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A few weeks back Michael Keane, who is a Professor of Chinese Media at Curtin University and who runs the Digital China Lab, wrote a very generous review of my Sixty-Four Chance Pieces over on the Creative Transformations Asia blog. Here’s an extract. There is so much in the book to savour if you like a taste of magic realism …

Sixty-Four Chance Pieces: Machines, Mathematics, Organs and Pandas

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I’ve just about finished the proofs for Sixty-Four Chance Pieces, my I Ching-based novel-of-sorts, ready to send off to Earnshaw Books. All being well, I’ll be launching the book in a few weeks at the Beijing Bookworm book festival. But just to whet the appetite, here’s an extract from the book’s index. All novels, I feel, should be equipped with …

Amateurs, Professionals and Bullshit Going Forwards

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The new academic year has started at De Montfort University, and I’m teaching a course on Professional Writing Skills. It’s good to be back in the swing of teaching, and a pleasure to see my students from last year once again. This is a course that I love teaching, because of the way that it directly mixes philosophical, technical and practical …