So you're saying that you have some of the unattractive attributes…
…of an imperialist? [Laughs]
I don't know. You'll have to ask my wife that!
To end, then, what projects do you have planned now? Any other books forthcoming?
I would like to write another book. I have got three projects that I am going over. But I don't know quite how to order them, or quite how to take them forward. One is fiction, and one has nothing to do with either the Middle East, or South Asia, is completely out of that realm, in fact.
Nothing more on Iran then?
Oh, yes, I'll always keep coming back to Iran, but I think it's probably time for a breather. And then, we'll see what happens.
Interview conducted by Nermeen Shaikh of Asia Society.