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Some of my best recent stories in the Nikkei Asian Review

From a punk rock collective in Borneo to European proto-colonies and ethnic minorities in India, rock stars and a circus from Cambodia, the scourge of development in Laos, female motorcycle taxi drivers in Thailand, Japanese entrepreneurs in France and my eye witness reports of the 2015 Nepal earthquake, the Asian Nikkei Review has published some […]

ATC Books publishes host of tattoo stories, including Chris Roy – The Death Row Tattooist

The market for good print stories is getting smaller all the time. Especially for off the wall, niche or sub-cultural stuff. So it’s great to see some of my recent work published specially to be read on smart phones. Almost everyone has one and there’s more to life than Candy Crush. ATC Tattoo Books have […]

The Japan Alsace economic love affair in the Nikkei Asian Review

My latest feature with Laure Siegel for the Nikkei Asian Review – Japan’s love affair with Alsace grows stronger. After 150 years, French region continues to attract Japanese companies “If a Japanese company wants to get off the ground in France, it will move to Paris,” says Japanese entrepreneur Kentaro Kitajima. “If it wants to […]

Rise Tattoo goes to India

                                                    The brand new edition(#46) of Rise Tattoo, available at all good newsagents in France at present, features 16 pages on India by Laure Siegel and myself. We look at […]

Sacred Skin in Rise Tattoo Magazine

I am interviewed in this month’s Rise Tattoo Magazine from France. Big thanks to Dom Pichard and Laure Siegel.

Literary gangsterism in France

Crime Fiction‘s alive and kicking in France.  50s pulp greats like Jim Thompson and Ross MacDonald are are currently being re-translated and some Noir classics are now out in two different editions. This is what I found out when I visited Libraririe Lignes Noires in Avignon, one of just a handful of crime fiction book […]

French blog La Jupette de Jeanette on Sacred Skin

French blog La Jupette de Jeanette offers a page on my new book Sacred Skin this week!

From the Archives: Postcard from Provence

I published the following story about Provence, a wine growing region in southern France a couple of years ago. At the time of writing, I was just getting to know the protagonists of the text.  I stayed in touch with all of them. Eric Bouletin continues to grow excellent wine and Junko Takase continues to […]

Who owns the 21st Century?

Every day, we appear to be moving a little closer to a state of affairs where governments could become obsolete. Large parts of the world have always been ruled by people who don’t really qualify as governments, but in recent years, perfectly respectable rulers have also shown signs (not for the first time) that they […]

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