Once Upon a Timepiece

starr wood

Starr Wood is a British journalist, writer and economist. He was born in the UK in 1970, but grew up in Nigeria, Ras Al Khaimah, South Korea, the Philippines, and Taiwan.


In 1992, he graduated from the London School of Economics and began his career as a journalist, working for a variety of news media in London and the Middle East. Since 1999, he has worked at The Economist Group, first in London, and then in Asia.


Today he lives in Singapore with his wife and three children. He runs The Economist Group's emerging markets advisory service in South-east Asia, helping clients to navigate the economics, politics and business landscape in Asia. He continues to write for The Economist.


Once Upon a Timepiece is Starr's debut novel, published in 2014 by Bo Tree Books. The novel breaks new ground in that it is composed of 12 short stories that each stand alone. However, the stories also flow into each other, creating a bigger narrative that connects behind them all and drives the book forward.


Starr is passionate about books and writing, and is a keen student of the short story. He believes it is the most natural of literary forms, from early texts such as the animal fables of India's Panchatantra, and the folk tales of Iran's One Thousand and One Nights, to the Middle Ages classics of Italy's Decameron and France's Heptameron, to more modern writers such as Maupassant, Somerset Maugham, William Trevor and Alice Munro.


Starr is just as excited by deeply thought-provoking ideas from short story writers like Carson McCullers (The Ballad of the Sad Cafe) as he is by
the playful plot twists of writers such as O Henry and Roald Dahl. Indeed, his
own work tries to combine both the playful and the provocative.