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Still live from the Cairo book fair

By Tom Chatfield  

As yesterday’s posting from warm (ish), dusty (very) Cairo concluded, I was promising further details of an emerging theme: a certain parochialism among the British reading, writing and publishing classes. Since then, two anecdotes have come to my aid in spelling out what this means.

First, from the author Jamal Mahjoub. London-born to an English mother and Sudanese father, he grew up in England and Sudan and is most recently the author of Travelling with Djinns (2003) and The Drift Latitudes (2006). He…

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