• Including

  • 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.

    Local Heroes

    January 10, 2007

    A conversation with Sue Clifford and Angela King of Common Ground; the most influential environmental campaign group you’ve never heard of

    Still waters run Deep

    November 1, 2006

    A very big power company versus a very small group of local nature lovers. And for once, the result is a good one.

    Making Globalization Work

    September 14, 2006

    A review of the strangely-deflating book by economist Joseph Stiglitz

    Badger burgers and chicken

    August 1, 2006

    In which I spend a day with Fergus Drennan, wild food forager extraordinaire.

    England in Particular

    June 15, 2006

    A review of the splendid and heart-warming encyclopaedia by Sue Clifford and Angela King

    Return to Akenfield

    March 29, 2006

    A review of Craig Taylor’s book, revisiting Ronald Blythe’s classic work

    Confessions of an Economic Hitman

    March 13, 2006

    A review of the revealing book by John Charlton. Prepare to be genuinely disturbed …

    Fair Trade For All

    December 23, 2005

    A review of the book by Joseph Stiglitz and Andrew Charlton. Another literary attempt to make the economy work.

    Do you Remember an Inn?

    November 7, 2005

    A smoking ban will be another nail in the coffin of the traditional pub.

    Get thee behind me, Sainsbury’s

    November 1, 2005

    Allotments are a useful insurance policy against an uncertain future. And the sweetcorn is great.

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