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The spy who came in from le Carré

A review of The Madness of July, by James Naughtie. The broadcaster's clever first thriller leaves you in no doubt of his preferred reading

8 March 2014

9:00 AM

8 March 2014

9:00 AM

The Madness of July James Naughtie

Head of Zeus, pp.352, £12.99, ISBN: 9781781856000

The single most terrifying moment of my adult life occurred at 8.55 a.m. on the morning of Tuesday 5 August 2008. I had a written a novel, Typhoon, in which disenfranchised Uighur Muslims in China’s Xinjiang province riot against the Han government. By coincidence, a few days before publication, large numbers of Uighurs started doing exactly that, in a curious real-life echo of the book.

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