A short journey through the secrets and wonders of the upper Thames.
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.
English history is too often represented, even today, as a pageant of lords and nobles, wars and conquests. But there is another history.
Time for the English to dig into their history and find some new heroes.
Three men are walking the length and breadth of Britain, singing as they go.
Renewable mega-projects that trash landscapes may be low-carbon – but they’re not green.
My ‘book of a lifetime’ – the work of a long-neglected poet.
A summary of my book ‘Real England’, written as a feature for the Daily Telegraph.
A review of the book about Oxford’s Cowley Road by James Attlee
A review of the book by Julian Baggini. In which a media philosopher ventures beyond Cosmopolis and brings back some useful insights.
A conversation with Sue Clifford and Angela King of Common Ground; the most influential environmental campaign group you’ve never heard of