I come from the market town of Cambridge in the UK, a place of medieval spires and flat green parks. After studying English in Manchester, I spent 15 years trying to engage teenagers with Shakespeare and Steinbeck; I taught in England and in many other countries around the world.
This blog is about Muscat, the Arabian city on three seas, where I lived for eight years, and also about literature.
What worlds we may discover through the written word. … Dark, funny, heartfelt. Gentle poetry, the twist of a thriller. I am thankful to Zadie Smith for her eponymous novel On Beauty, behind which I once hid my way round a precarious journey through Rajasthan. To every author unafraid to take the reader into tricky territory, the ones who tackle the subtle or taboo, or the frankly hilarious.
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