Monthly Archives: April 2016

Jenni Fagan and the Sunlight Pilgrims

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I was delighted to have the opportunity to meet the brilliant Scottish author Jenni Fagan for an interview for The Sunday Times. She was recovering from having launched two books (a new novel, The Sunlight Pilgrims, and a book of poetry, The Dead Queen of Bohemia) within the space of a week.

Text of the interview can be found below, or a slightly shorter version is on the Sunday Times website here.

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Panama Papers: the Cameron connection

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I’ve been pretty busy working on some long-lead stuff recently – and filling in for Beatrice Wilford over at Five Books, a great website of literary interviews and book recommendations – but I took a bit of time out to write this brief analysis of the UK fallout of the “Panama Papers” leak that’s being making the headlines for the international broadcaster Deutsche Welle.

David Cameron’s late father has been revealed in the leaked correspondence to have been a client of Mossack Fonseca, the Panamanian law firm, and the full extent of the lengths his investment fund went to to (legally) avoid UK tax have been laid bare.

My former Sunday Times colleague (and co-author of that explosive biography of the PM) Isabel Oakeshott, and the tax campaigner Richard Murphy were kind enough to chat to me about the implications for Cameron – particularly his campaign to tackle tax avoidance through tax havens, which he made much of at the G8 meetings in Northern Ireland in 2013.

Full text of the article can be found here.

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