A summary of my book ‘Real England’, written as a feature for the Daily Telegraph.
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.
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
A very big power company versus a very small group of local nature lovers. And for once, the result is a good one.
A review of the strangely-deflating book by economist Joseph Stiglitz
In which I spend a day with Fergus Drennan, wild food forager extraordinaire.
A review of the splendid and heart-warming encyclopaedia by Sue Clifford and Angela King
A review of Craig Taylor’s book, revisiting Ronald Blythe’s classic work
A review of the revealing book by John Charlton. Prepare to be genuinely disturbed …