'The Book Interview: Frank Dikötter', by John Sunyer, The Statesman, 29 July 2011
I have great admiration for some of those writing on the Soviet Union. I love books by Simon Sebag Montefiore, Robert Service and Catherine Merridale. I also like Orlando Figes. The most difficult thing for me when I came to work on Mao's Great Famine was to restrain myself from criticising some Sinologists for the absurdities they have written about that period.