Masthead and all the other great pictures are by Alan 'Baggelboy' Rogerson.
A man is alone on an empty moor. Who he is, where he came from and what he has left behind are questions as clouded as the tors. What he faces is a battle with himself, the elements, and with something he begins to see on the margins of his vision: some creature that is tracking him, the pursuit of which will become an obsession.
Published by Faber & Faber on 7 July 2016 and available everywhere.
What Is This?
2 August 2016A review of ‘Abundance’, the new collection of writing by Annie Dillard. There is to be a total eclipse of the sun. A man and a woman drive across country for five hours, from the coast to the mountains, to witness the event; they have never seen a total eclipse before. They drive around until they…
The Call of the Wild
26 July 2016We had climbed, slowly, to a high mountain ridge. We were two young Englishmen who were not supposed to be here – journalism was forbidden – and four local guides, members of the Lani tribe. Our guides were moving us around the highlands of West Papua, taking us to meet people who could tell us…
The grief of the elites
3 July 2016Eight years ago, in my book Real England, I wrote about a class divide I had been surprised to discover breaking out across the country: … there is [a] term that could be used about what is happening here – and what has been happening in so many of the places I have visited across…
Waving from the balcony
29 June 2016Today, as I watched Jeremy Corbyn standing on a street in London with a microphone, blaming Margaret Thatcher for Britain’s decision to leave the EU, I couldn’t help but think of this film. This is Nicolae Ceausescu, former communist dictator of Romania, making his last speech. He had been making speeches like this to his…
26 June 2016The EU referendum has turned out not to be about the EU at all. That, I think, is why the arguments have been so vicious. Those who would like us to remain in the EU keep trying to frighten or tempt us with economics. Staying in will make us richer! Leaving will make you poorer!…
The Speaking of the Stones
1 June 2016On 23rd October 1642, an army of English Royalists under the command of Prince Rupert of the Rhine was marching from Shrewsbury towards London. Their aim was to meet up with the forces of King Charles I, and to crush the rebellion against his divine authority represented by the newly raised army of Parliament. Midway…