Articles and Interviews

  1. Radio and TV
  2. Selected recent articles
  3. Selected press interviews
  4. Short Fiction and Excerpts

Writing and interviews from the more remote past are archived variously on the Internet.

Radio and TV

  1. Debate on 'Fake News' with Barry Barnes and John Ellis, 2019
  2. Debate on whether the self is an illusion with Julian Baggini, Jan Westerhoff, Silvia Jonas 2019
  3. BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour, June 2019 (from 30:04)
  4. BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking on Orwell, June 2019
  5. ‘The Reality Illusion’ with Hilary Lawson, Douglas Hoffman and Maria Baghramian May 2019
  6. The Limits of Language with Stanley Fish, Hilary Lawson and Genia Schunbaumsfeld, Hay-on-Wye 2018
  7. ‘The Key to Creativity’ with Lowkey and Andrew Motion HowtheLightGetsIn 2018
  8. ‘Truth and the universe’ with Peter Atkins and Tim Lewens HowTheLightGetsIn 2018
  9. ‘Unsound Methods’ – interview with Unsound Methods June 2018
  10. ‘False Starts’ – interview with Granta May 2018
  11. ‘Minds, Machines and Magic’ with Margaret Boden, George Ellis, Warren Ellis - HowTheLightGetsIn 2018
  12. ‘Making Sense of Reality’ with Andy Clark, Rufus Duits and John McWhorter HowtheLightGetsIn 2018
  13. ‘Immortal North’ BBC Sunday Feature December 2017
  14. Interview with Margaret Atwood, Oxford Sheldonian October 2017/
  15. ‘Social Conservatism’ – BBC Free Thinking September 2017
  16. ‘Sound Frontiers’ – BBC Free Thinking October 2016
  17. ‘Freeze/Thaw’ – BBC Sunday Feature August 2016
  18. ‘The Dance of Time’ with Julian Barbour and Joseph Diekemper HowtheLightGetsIn 2016
  19. ‘The Word and the World’ with Paul Boghossian and Ray Monk HowtheLightGetsIn 2016
  20. ‘Fantasies and Lies’ with Angie Hobbs and Hannah Dawson HowTheLightGetsIn 2016
  21. ‘Visions of Apocalypse’ – with Jasper Fforde and Frank Furedi HowTheLightGetsIn 2016
  22. ‘Madness and Wisdom’ with Richard Bentall, Patricia Casey and Robert Rowland-Smith HowtheLightGetsIn 2016
  23. ‘Mystics and Reality’ BBC Free Thinking June 2016
  24. ‘A Theory of Everything?’ BBC Start the Week June 2016
  25. ‘Who we have Been and Who we Are’ with Yasmin Alibhai Brown, Richard Bentall and Steve Fuller HowTheLightGetsIn 2016
  26. ‘Paradise City’ with Chris Huhne and Richard Sennett HowTheLightGetsIn 2016
  27. Angela Carter BBC Free Thinking October 2015
  28. ‘Thoughts: the Good, the Bad, the Ugly’ – BBC Woman’s Hour September 2015
  29. ‘In the Beginning was the World’ with Hilary Lawson, Stephen Neale and Janne Teller HowTheLightGetsIn 2015
  30. ‘Matter and Mind’ with Ray Brassier, Markus Gabriel, Eva Jablonka HowTheLightGetsIn 2015
  31. ‘Beyond Knowledge’ with Ray Brassier, Hilary Lawson and Michela Massimi HowtheLightGetsIn 2015
  32. August 2014 BBC3 ‘Proms’ Series, Iceland
  33. July 2014, Radio Eins, Germany
  34. ‘Can Science Explain Consciousness’ – June 2014
  35. ‘A Field Guide to Reality’ - June 2014
  36. True to Myself' – with Hilary Lawson and Parashkev Nachev – June 2014
  37. ‘Beyond the Machine’ with Colin Blakemore and Rupert Sheldrake – June 2014
  38. Interview at the British Council Hyderabad, India November 2013
  39. Hong Radio Interview July 2013
  40. Interview with Louis de Bernieres, Hong Kong July 2013
  41. Live Fast Die Young, Panel at HowtheLightGetsIn June 2013
  42. Hong Kong Book Fair interview June 2013
  43. Podcast with Granta April 2013
  44. Error, Lies and Adventure – panel at the LSE March 2013
  45. Programme on Lawrence Durrell January 2013
  46. Interview with Radio Litopia, July 2012
  47. Interview on Woman's Hour, BBC Radio 4, July 2012
  48. Interview on Start the Week, BBC Radio 4, April 2012
  49. Interview on Nightwaves, BBC Radio 3, January 2012
  50. Crunch Festival, Hay-on-Wye, November 2011, 'How to Change the World: Art and Politics'
  51. Crunch Festival, Hay-on-Wye, November 2011, 'Awake in the Universe' - Can Art awake us from our slumbers?
  52. Interview on Open Book, BBC Radio 4, June 2011
  53. HowTheLightGetsIn Festival, Hay-on-Wye 2011, 'The New Romantics'
  54. HowTheLightGetsIn Festival, Hay-on-Wye 2011, 'The Famine and the Feast'
  55. Interview on Open Book, BBC Radio 4, January 2011

Selected recent articles

  1. Guardian piece on Surveillance, September 2019
  2. New Scientist Piece on the Global Economy, August 2019
  3. Guardian Piece on Absurdist Quests, August 2019
  4. Financial Times ‘Observations,’ August 2019
  5. TLS 20 questions, July 2019
  6. In Conversation – with Peter Pomerantsev for Granta, July 2019
  7. Prospect piece on Surveillance Capitalism, June 2019
  8. Literary Review Diary, June 2019
  9. On Rebecca Loncraine, TLS October 2018
  10. On Helen Phillips, Guardian July 2018
  11. ‘Made In,’ Guardian June 2018
  12. On Rats, Granta Magazine June 2018
  13. On Kirsty Gunn, Literary Review June 2018
  14. On Lara Feigel, Literary Review March 2018
  15. On Han Kang, Literary Review November 2017
  16. On Joanna Walsh, Guardian September 2017
  17. ‘The Riddle of the Self’ iai site – August 2017
  18. On Brian Dillon, Literary Review August 2017
  19. On Nicholas Rothwell, TLS July 2017
  20. On Alys Fowler, Literary Review May 2017
  21. On Gwendoline Riley, Guardian January 2017
  22. On Ali Smith, Guardian October 2016
  23. On Dino Buzzati, Literary Review September 2016
  24. ‘In search of ourselves’ August 2016 iai.tv
  25. ‘Einstein on the Beach’ Waterstones July 2016
  26. On Anakana Schofield, Literary Review March 2016
  27. On Howard Jacobson, Literary Review February 2016
  28. On K2, Spectator November 2015
  29. On Jane Smiley, Spectator November 2015
  30. On Lucia Berlin, Literary Review October 2015
  31. On Eula Biss, Literary Review June 2015
  32. On Peter Stamm, Literary Review, March 2015
  33. On Shackleton, Spectator October 2014
  34. On my Father, Guardian, December 2014
  35. On Enrique Vila-Matas, Slightly Foxed, December 2014
  36. On Jane Smiley, Spectator, November 2014
  37. On Marilynne Robinson, Literary Review, October 2014
  38. On Shackleton, Spectator, October 2014
  39. On Ian McEwan, Prospect, September 2014
  40. On the Digital Self, New Scientist, September 2014
  41. On David Mitchell, Telegraph, August 2014
  42. On Ali Smith, Prospect, August 2014
  43. On Peter Matthiessen, Literary Review, June 2014
  44. On Al Gore, Arc Magazine, March 2014
  45. On Siri Hustvedt, Literary Review, March 2014
  46. On Karl Ove Knausgaard, Prospect, March 2014
  47. On E L Doctorow, Prospect December 2013
  48. On Tim Cope and travel writing, Spectator December 2013
  49. On cross-country skii-ing, Intelligent Life December 2013
  50. On Doris Lessing, Telegraph November 2013
  51. Review of Year Zero by Ian Buruma, Spectator, November 2013
  52. On Machiavelli, Spectator,  July 2013
  53. On Rebecca Solnit, Literary Review, July 2013
  54. 'Flights of the Imagination' – a literary tour of the remote North, Telegraph June 2013
  55. On Jay Griffiths, Literary Review
  56. On W. G. Sebald, Spectator
  57. Rooms That have Had their Part -  on weathering office life, Granta May 2013
  58. On the demise of publishing, Independent May 2013
  59. 'Diary', Spectator January 2013
  60. 'Homage to the Goddess Mother', Spectator November 2012
  61. 'May We Be Forgiven,' Literary Review October 2012
  62. 'Things Fall Apart' - the novels of Enrique Vila-Matas, New Yorker, September 2012
  63. 'The Pinecone,' Telegraph, September 2012
  64. 'My Friend the Freak,' Untitled Books September 2012
  65. 'The London Games,' American Prospect July 2012
  66. 'The Wanderings of a Contented Generation,' Guardian July 2012
  67. 'Names for the Sea,' Literary Review July 2012
  68. 'The Sin of Laughter,' Writer's Hub July 2012
  69. 'You have Nothing to Lose but Your USP!' Huffington Post June 2012
  70. 'Squashing the Toad' Huffington Post May 2012 
  71. 'Inflated Dreams,' Spectator March 2012
  72. 'An Honourable Man,' Literary Review March 2012
  73. 'New Finnish Grammar,' Literary Review October 2011
  74. 'All That I Am,' Observer September 2011
  75. 'Heroes of the Ice Age,' Spectator August 2011
  76. 'Pseudonymously Yours' - the work of John Banville, New Yorker July 2011
  77. 'Taboo and Danger,' Guardian July 2011
  78. 'The Trail Goes Cold,' Spectator April 2011
  79. 'Home Births,' Observer January 2011
  80. 'In Deep Trouble,' Spectator November 2010
  81. 'Author Author,' Guardian June 2010
  82. 'Ms Hempel,' Guardian April 2010

Selected press interviews

  1. Dorian Lynskey Piece on Political Novels, August 2019
  2. Wall Street Journal: ‘Who’s Afraid of Big Bad Tech’, August 2019
  3. Q and A with The Real Story September 2017
  4. ‘Champion of the contemporary Philosophical Novel’ – interview with Lithub October 2016
  5. Interview with the LRB on the alchemy of fiction, August 2016
  6. ‘How do you write a book about existence?’ Guardian July 2016
  7. ‘Meet the Author’ Guardian July 2016
  8. Elevating Irony' – iai.tv July 2014
  9. Festival Highlights' – Prospect, June 2014
  10. Interview with the Daily News Colombo, February 2014
  11. Interview with The Hindu December 2013
  12. Interview with the New Indian Express December 2013
  13. Interview with The Hindu November 2013
  14. Interview with Slightly Bookist October 2013
  15. Interview with Female First May 2013
  16. Interview with the Guardian, July 2012
  17. Interview on Female First July 2012
  18. Interview on Book Oxygen June 2012
  19. Interview with Literateur August 2011
  20. Interview with Bookmunch May 2011
  21. Interview with the Guardian June 2010
  22. Podcast with the Guardian, June 2010 
  23. Interview with PSB, 'Need to Know,' June 2010
  24. Interview with the Oxford Times June 2010
  25. Interview with Reuters, May 2010
  26. Interview on The Thought Fox April 2010
  27. Interview with the Guardian June 2008
  28. Interview with the Guardian June 2008
  29. Interview with the Independent June 2008
  30. Interview with Booktrust January 2008

Short Fiction and Excerpts

  1. Esquire magazine short story ‘The Group’
  2. Extract in TANK
  3. Extract in GRANTA
  4. ‘Norma Scott’ for Catapult 2017
  5. ‘Beetle’ White Review July 2015
  6. 'Images of Undiluted Love' – short story for the New Scientist December 2013
  7. 'Cassandra White is not a virtuous widow' - excerpt from Come to the Edge published by Litro June 2012
  8. 'Barthelme' - short story commissioned by the Guardian, April 2011 
  9. 'The Hermit' - excerpt from The Birth of Love June 2010
  10. 'Clocking Off' - excerpt from Inglorious published in the Guardian June 2008
  11. 'Only the Past is Immortal' - excerpt from The Ice Museum published in the Guardian August 2005


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