In 2005 he named his top ten "on the move" books for the Guardian. One title on the list:
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara KingsolverRead about the other books on the list.
1959. American missionary Nathan Price brings his wife and four daughters to the Belgian Congo, a country emerging from the blight of colonial occupation. Blind to the needs of his family and the Africans he has come to "save", he seems unable to halt his inevitable downfall. Told from the point of view of his wife and daughters, Price's voice remains absent, yet the power of the narrative is undiminished.
The Poisonwood Bible appears on John Mullan's list of ten of the best snakes in literature.