Winterbottom cites that Murray’s memoir makes for funny and riveting reading, and mentions that the first seventy pages are largely devoted to stories about all the people Mr. Murray slept with while in St. Petersburg, Russia, before going off to Uzbekistan.
Basically true, although that’s not all I did (or wrote about) in St Petersburg. Murder in Samarkand was written at 245,000 words and edited down by the publishers to 130,000 words. Michael is referring to the original manuscript. I hope the St Petersburg stuff will appear in the next volume.