A news report I recently read

Inside Xin Jiang’s Prison State, by Ben Mauk Read it here. Thinking about bending genres and mixing forms… This report is an amazing combination of visual graphics, reportage, and creative nonfiction. It tells the story of the history of Xin Jiang (a province in China), and the ongoing repression of the Uighur people (which hasContinue reading “A news report I recently read”

My top 10 of 2020

It’s hard to narrow it down, but, gun to my head, here are my 10 favourite reads from 2020: ‘Without a Map’, by Meredith Hall, in True Stories, Well Told: From the First 20 Years of Creative Nonfiction Magazine (Lee Gutkind, Ed.) In 1972 the author, broken, abandons her life and wanders, on foot, fromContinue reading “My top 10 of 2020”

Book review

‘Educated’ by Tara Westover An Extract from the opening is available here. This is the beautiful and shocking memoir of a woman who grew up in a difficult family situation, but escaped (in every sense of the word) through education. She lost a lot in the process, but gained a tremendous amount as well, althoughContinue reading “Book review”

Book review

‘A Year in Provence’, by Peter Mayle The setting of this creative nonfiction book, Provence, in the south of France, conjures up feelings of nostalgia for me, as I spent many sun-soaked, soporific, childhood holidays in the region. This is enhanced by the fact it was written and published so long ago – in 1989,Continue reading “Book review”