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Have Yourselves a Kakistocratic Brexmas

Have Yourselves a Kakistocratic Brexmas

  • December 26, 2020
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‘Twas the night before Christmas, when the long-awaited announcement was finally presented to the world, hastily wrapped in cheap PR wrapping paper and served up by the grifter-in-chief in his very own Santa’s grotto.   Preceded by a hark-the-herald-angels fanfare from the government stenographers in the rightwing press,  the Supreme Leader of Brexitania, Comrade John-Son-Un, announced...

The Country of the Blind

The Country of the Blind

  • December 12, 2020
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I recently bought a copy of the  official guide to the 1992 Seville Expo in connection with a novel that I’m currently working on.  Most of it is written in the tourist-guide kitsch that you would expect to find from an exhibition that celebrated Columbus’s voyages as the beginning of an ‘age of discovery’ leading...

Project Fear: The Novel that Never Was

Project Fear: The Novel that Never Was

  • July 13, 2020
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All writers know that not all their ideas get off the ground.  Sometimes you come up with an idea that you think has potential, but then your agent or publisher says no for all kinds of reasons that you don’t anticipate.   So here’s what happened with a pitch that I failed to launch a while...

Let them eat Tim Tams

Let them eat Tim Tams

  • June 19, 2020
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FULL TEXT OF BORIS JOHNSON’S BIRTHDAY ADDRESS

 

Good afternoon folks.  I know this pandemic thingie has been an unprecedented challenge for all of us, but I think we can all agree that my government has handled it remarkably well.  The figures speak for themselves.  Only 42,288 dead – 64,000 excess deaths if you believe the Office...

Black Sun Rising: Publication

Black Sun Rising: Publication

  • June 03, 2020
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“One of the great pleasures of writing historical fiction is the opportunity it provides to step back in time and engage imaginatively with a period that appears to be completely different from your own. This appeal has never been motivated, for me at least, by escapism. Because the past may indeed be another country, but...

Epstein’s Monsters

Epstein’s Monsters

  • May 30, 2020
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In Shelley’s poem Ozymandias, a traveller comes across a broken statue in the desert consisting of  ‘ two vast and trunkless legs of stone’ protruding from a plinth, and ‘a shattered visage’ lying half-buried in the sand ‘ whose frown/And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command/Tell that its sculptor well those passions read/Which yet...

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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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