• 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.

    A line in the green sand

    February 1, 2009

    Renewable mega-projects that trash landscapes may be low-carbon – but they’re not green.

    Selected Poems by Robinson Jeffers

    May 2, 2008

    My ‘book of a lifetime’ – the work of a long-neglected poet.

    Will the real England please stand up?

    April 10, 2008

    A summary of my book ‘Real England’, written as a feature for the Daily Telegraph.


    May 28, 2007

    A review of the book about Oxford’s Cowley Road by James Attlee

    Welcome to Everytown

    March 2, 2007

    A review of the book by Julian Baggini. In which a media philosopher ventures beyond Cosmopolis and brings back some useful insights.

    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

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