3:AM Press have kindly published the chapbook A Hubristic Flea extracted from an unpublishable non-fiction book I wrote in Cambodia, The Torrid Zone. It was my attempt to write something along the lines of Christopher Isherwood’s Berlin books. I’m not sure how successful that was but I met interesting characters, heard interesting stories and avoided being killed, which is all we can really hope for. The larger book is going into a time capsule for the next ten years but rereading it, it seems to be about Phnom Penh city as a living thing and the ability of friendship to bring you back from self-destruction, without the sentimentality that might imply. If you’re interested in cities, melancholy and the idea of the writer as camera, you might like it. It’s only £4 via Galley Beggar Press. Thanks to Christiana Spens for the beautiful artwork, Susan Tomaselli for the typesetting and Jenni Fagan for the title.