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Banned Books Week Appearance

  • September 18, 2016
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This Thursday I’m speaking at the British Library as part of Banned Books Week. Among other things I’ll be talking about the ‘banning’ of my own book Unknown Soldiers back in 2007, something I’ve never done before. I shall also be discussing a range of free speech-related issues with the children’s author Melvyn Burgess and Jo Glanville from English PEN. It promises to be an interesting evening. For anyone who wants to come here are the details:

 [stextbox id=”alert”] Banned Books Week: Censorship and the Author Upcoming Event Presented By: The British Library in partnership withFree Word...

The Devils of Cardona: Publication Day

  • June 14, 2016
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Today is the official publication date in the US for my first novel The Devils of Cardona, and it’s a date that I’ve been looking forward to for a long time.  The novel comes out of my earlier history of the expulsion of the Moriscos Blood and Faith: the Purging of Muslim Spain, and...

Genocide Memorial Day

  • January 16, 2015
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If you’re in London this Sunday, and anywhere near University College London, I’m one of the speakers at an event organized by the Islamic Human Rights Commission to commemorate Genocide Memorial Day.   I’ll be talking about the expulsion of the Moriscos from seventeenth century Spain.

Here are the details:

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PLEASE CLICK HERE TO RSVP AND...

My Father’s House: Official Re-Launch!

  • April 09, 2014
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After more than a decade out of print, my 1998 memoir My Father’s House: In Search of a Lost Past officially comes into existence today as a self-published e-book.     It’s available at Amazon, iBooks, Kobo and other outlets at £3.99 ($6.99).     My Father’s House is my most personal book,...

Staring at Screens

  • December 19, 2012
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What do the mass murderers of the 21st century have in common?  It seems they all love to play violent video games.   At his trial Anders Breivik told the court  how he had used  Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2  to familiarize himself with the use of holographic sights and develop ‘target...

Impunity on the border

  • October 26, 2011
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I’m appearing tomorrow evening as a guest speaker at the Nottingham Contemporary at an event to launch a new Amnesty group.  I’ll be speaking on the subject of ‘Impunity on the Border’ based on the journeys I’ve made to European borders over the last two years.

It’s a public event so do come along! ...

About Me

I’m a writer, campaigner and journalist.  My latest book is The Savage Frontier: The Pyrenees in History and the Imagination (New Press/Hurst, 2018).  The Infernal Machine is where I write on politics, history, cinema and other things that interest me.

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