Writing, and some other follies
’A novel that will grip you in its jaws and refuse to let go.’
“A literary triumph.”
“I am blown away by Kidland. It is extraordinary.”
“This unique initiative may challenge your way of thinking.”
“A watershed study, a crucially important book.”
“Accessible, impassioned and persuasive.”
Beast, my second novel, is the tale of Edward Buckmaster, a man alone on a west-country moor. What he has left behind we don’t yet know; what he faces is an existential battle with himself, the elements and with something he begins to see in the margins of his vision: some creature that is tracking him, the pursuit of which will become an obsession.
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The Guardian, 13 March 2015
Some years back, I was driving through northern England with a friend. On a Cumbrian A-road west of Kendal, we passed a layby in which was situated a typical British roadside snack bar: a white caravan, a couple of plastic garden chairs, pink and yellow DayGlo cardboard stars advertising chips and fried breakfasts and tea. The full English. On top of the caravan was…
Tricycle, February 2015
The greatest ecological crisis in the Earth’s history began with the emission of climate-changing gases by an organism that had spread widely across the planet, colonising many of its ecological niches. These gases – the waste products of its lifestyle – gradually accumulated in the atmosphere. For a long time nothing noticeably changed, but at some stage a tipping point was reached and the…
New Statesman, 11 December 2014
“The study of the past with one eye, so to speak, on the present, is the source of all the sins and sophistries in history,” insisted the historian Herbert Butterfield in 1931. His famous warning against what he called the “Whig interpretation of history” – viewing past events as mere stepping stones towards the present, or judging them according to contemporary prejudices – remains…
Designed and built long ago and kept on life support by spanner.