Writing

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  • I’ve produced a lot of words over the last two decades. This is not an archive of all of them, but you might call it the edited highlights.

    It includes reportage from Britain and the wider world, book reviews, interviews, debates, talks and other ephemera, culled from Fleet Street papers, magazines, books, the programmes of plays, websites and more.

    Some time ago I also put together some advice for writers, and thoughts on the writing life.

    The Circling

    August 1, 2018 A contribution to the Dark Mountain essay series Rewilding the novel.   Baby, if you wanna be wild, You’ve got…

    Destroying Angel

    June 24, 2018 There were four people in the church for morning prayer. Four people, all over sixty. One of them asleep. I…

    A Storm Blown from Paradise

    June 8, 2018 You can hear a podcast of me reading this essay over at Emergence. Not far from where I live in…

    Folk

    March 17, 2018 l put up my hands and make an admission: I don't read many contemporary novels. Most of them seem, well, too contemporary.

    American Spat

    November 9, 2017 In November 2017, the Los Angeles Review of Books published a review of my essay collection by Jennifer Peterson, an…

    The Last Wolf

    August 23, 2017 Is there anything more tiresome than debating the essence of “Englishness” – or any other national identity, come to that?…

    The end of solitude

    April 26, 2017 Michael Harris, author of the new book Solitude, is a Canadian writer who lives in a big city and whose…

    The Axis and the Sycamore

    April 15, 2017 This summer, I built my children a tree house. Adults build tree houses because they always wanted one when they…

    The Lie of the Land

    April 10, 2017 Last June, I voted to leave the European Union. I wasn’t an anti-EU fanatic but I was, despite my advancing…

    2016: Year of the Serpent

    December 15, 2016 We take almost all of the decisive steps in our lives as a result of slight inner adjustments of which…
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