Sticking heads in the sand – or into teacups

Dream Land was finally published this month, and by strange and awful coincidence Crimea, where the book’s set, is in the news, thanks to Russia and Georgia’s conflict in South Ossetia, and press speculation about where might be next. You can read some of my thoughts on this here at the Walker Books website.

The media might be full of parallels between Crimea and South Ossetia, but on my trip to Crimea last week – to the south coast and Bakhchisaray – no one I met wanted to talk about them at all. I don’t know if these Crimeans and holiday-makers are behaving like ostriches sticking their heads in the sand, or they’re wise people who know it’s all a storm in a media teacup… or maybe they’re just fed up of talking about bad news.


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