I'm pleased and grateful to have been asked by Guardian Books to write a piece about Zac Versus Sadiq. Here's a little excerpt:
It was a harsh, illuminating and ultimately cheering battle, fought out against the backdrop of London’s rapid change, soaring growth and anxieties about Islamist terror, which the Goldsmith campaign tried to exploit at the Muslim Khan’s expense.
It seemed to me that the story’s meanings became evident mainly through the telling. Simply describing the events, the settings and the contrasting characters, together with the atrocious output of some in the media, largely provided its own commentary. There wasn’t much need for me to explain things. Although I witnessed, and often participated in, every scene that I described, I purged the first person singular.