Writing

  • 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.

    Demo: a book review

    August 31, 2005

    A review of a new political novel by Alison Miller which accidentally demonstrates why so many political novels don’t work.

    The World is Flat

    May 28, 2005

    A review of the book by American uber-journalist Thomas Friedman

    Rape of a Nation

    April 1, 2005

    The article with which we launched the Free West Papua Campaign in 2005.

    Tasmanian Devilry

    December 1, 2004

    An on-the-ground report on the battle for the last rainforests of Tasmania.

    IOU: the debt threat, and how we must defuse it

    November 4, 2004

    Noreena Hertz’s new book is as ridiculous as she is.

    Markets or democracy? You choose

    November 1, 2004

    The ‘global market’ does not complement democracy: it directly undermines it.

    Trotskyists and Organic Apples

    October 18, 2004

    A report from the frankly wearying European Social Forum of 2004

    In praise of the Nimby

    May 3, 2004

    Standing up for your place can be a radical act.

    The Citizens of Nowhere

    September 1, 2003

    Meet your new, global ruling class. Welcome to the future!

    Of Cuttlefish and Men

    February 1, 2003

    How to use dishonest language to mask what you are actually doing

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