Great expectations

Article first published in The Guardian on 8 January 2005. Four new biographies suggest that the more we write about Alexander the Great, the less we understand him. Alexander the Great: The Death of a God by Paul Doherty 256pp, Constable, £17.99 Alexander the Great: The Hunt for a New Past by Paul Cartledge 384pp, […]


My time in Indonesia

First published in the London Review of Books, July 2000. Caleb held a bundle of arrows in his left hand and a bow and single arrow in his right. His mother was holding her torn ears between her thumbs and forefingers. Her chin was on her bare chest. Her legs were coated with grey mud. […]