Accounts of life during and after the initial spread of Aids are comparatively hard to find, and novels that deal with the present-day repercussions are even more rare. Why such silence? Aids is an umbrella term for an illness that affected – and still affects – more than one demographic. With many different and often marginalised communities to consider, it has always represented the political as much as the personal – making it impossible to explore as a single entity, impossible to write about without first deciding which group to shine a light on. I wrote about this for Guardian Books – the full article’s here.