Allan Cameron was brought up in England, Nigeria and Bangladesh, and has lived in Italy for many years. His writing reflects these cosmopolitan roots.
His first novel, The Golden Menagerie – a reworking or reversal of Apuleius’ The Golden As-s, is a satirical examination of some political, philosophical and literary themes that recur in much of his work. The Berlusconi Bonus, published in 2005 is a less experimental and more traditional political satire aimed at the boom years and the neo-con philosophy of Fukuyama and others like him, and after the financial crisis it in part foretold, its arguments will seem less contentious. His most recent work, Can the Gods Cry?, is in part a return to the experimentalism of his first work, but also increases the political polemic in our slightly more radicalised times. This fiction is always open to varied interpretations and no single viewpoint should dominate.
His bestselling work is a book on language, In Praise of the Garrulous, which Terry Eagleton defined as “a deeply reflective, extraordinarily wide-ranging meditation on the nature of language, infused in its every phase by a passionate humanism”. Typically of his hybrid writing, each chapter of this non-fiction work is introduced by a short story that illustrates the subject matter of the chapter in question.
He has also translated twenty-three books and since the end of 2008 he has been running a small publishing company (Vagabond Voices), which publishes Allan Massie, Chris Dolan, Renzo Llorente, Alessandro Barbero, Ermanno Cavazzoni, Nicol Ljubić, Les Wilson and others.