Writing

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  • 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.

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    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.

    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.

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