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.

    Life vs The Machine

    April 27, 2019 I was in the local pub with my friend Mark. We meet every Tuesday night in this tiny village in…

    The Great Work

    November 18, 2018 One night, many years ago, I was visited in a dream by a figure I had never seen before and…

    The Circling

    August 1, 2018 I am 20,000 words into my novel and something is missing. Perhaps not missing; perhaps not quite birthed. Some edge…

    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 Not far from where I live in the west of Ireland is the former home of the country’s greatest modern…

    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.

    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…
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