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I'm the author of three novels, “Out of Office” and “Fire Horses" (both published by Legend Press), my new comic novel "Kidology," and a collection of short stories and creative non-fiction, "Militant Factions." Now a regular Spectator contributor, I've had dozens of major features in the Sunday Times, Times, Guardian, Independent, Mail, Express, Telegraph, Observer (though not for a while!) and many more. Email me at: [email protected]

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My latest Spectator blog: the destructive culture of perfection

Posted on February 21, 2018 at 6:25 AM

"In the past week, two very different stories have highlighted our innate desire to generalise people, to raise t...

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My latest Spectator blog: Men and women of the world, unite!

Posted on February 7, 2018 at 2:10 PM


"I’ve worked in several warehouses unloading stock and I’ve also worked in supermarkets stacking shelves. I’d have to s...

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My latest Spectator blog: "In defence of extreme moderation"

Posted on January 23, 2018 at 11:00 AM


"Reading Melanie Phillips in this morning’s Times made me really cross. Nothing unusual in that – except I’m cross be...

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My latest GIDSS article: Who Are the UK Anti-Muslim Group, "Britain First"?

Posted on January 9, 2018 at 6:30 AM

“A tiny British anti-Muslim party called ‘Britain First’ benefitted from worldwide publicity at the end of 2017 when President Trump retweeted three videos purporting to show examples of Islamist violence. Closer scrutiny later proved th...

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"London's crime map tells a damning tale of two cities" - my latest Spectator column

Posted on January 6, 2018 at 6:55 AM

“It’s just a few metres from Bartholomew Court, EC1, where a young man was one of four stabbed to death over the...

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This Christmas, I'm standing up to Zoella: my latest Spectator blog

Posted on December 12, 2017 at 9:50 AM

“How would you feel if a gang of fabulously wealthy twenty-somethings kept appearing in your young daughter’s bedroom, telling her she̵...

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Hear me debating Brexit on Radio 4 with Zoe Williams and Paddy O'Connell

Posted on December 10, 2017 at 6:05 AM


This morning I was on Paddy O’Connell’s “Broadcasting House” to discuss Brexit with The Guardian’s Zoe Williams. Really enjoyed the debate, and hopefully we demonstrated it’s possible to have divergent views about the thorny subject without com...

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Guess how much my year of abstinence raised for Children in Need?

Posted on November 17, 2017 at 5:15 AM


Even though my year of abstinence ended a year ago, I kept my Just Giving page open up to today (17th November 2017) in the hope more people would donate to this incredibly worthy cause. In total, I received donations of approximately £322.30 – thank yo...

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Two new Spectator blogs: Lloyds Bank's scandalous new charges and why Netflix shouldn't drop Kevin Spacey

Posted on November 8, 2017 at 11:55 AM


In the last three days I’ve been lucky enough to have two new blogs published at The Spectator. On Sunday I argued that for all his many, MANY faults (!) Kevin Spacey shouldn’t have been dropped by Netflix. Today, why

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"Brexit: The Issue Tearing the UK's Political Class Apart" - read it @ GIDSS

Posted on October 23, 2017 at 9:55 AM


“William Goldman’s famous quote about Hollywood—“Nobody knows anything”—could also apply to the prolonged, painful extraction of the United Kingdom from the European Union (EU), aka Brexit. The truth is, no-one knows the...

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Special offer - buy Kidology and Militant Factions for 1 each

Posted on October 21, 2017 at 3:00 AM


For a short time only you can buy my comic novel KIDOLOGY and my collection of fiction and non-fiction, MILITANT FACTIONS, for just £1 each ($1 in the US or Australia).

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My first New Statesman blog - about dementia and my nan

Posted on October 19, 2017 at 11:20 AM


“My nan turns 96 today (Wednesday 18th October) but it won’t be much of a celebration. I’ll go and see her with ...

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Memories of a hurricane: my scary experiences in London's Great Storm of '87

Posted on October 16, 2017 at 8:35 AM

As Hurricane Ophelia reaches Ireland and the UK, my memories drift back to 1987 when, 30 years ago today, I wandered across London on acid as the Great Storm hit. I later used my memories in my...

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"The Momentum is with Labour" - my first feature for the Global Institute for Democracy & Strategic Studies

Posted on October 9, 2017 at 11:20 AM


“The mood at the Labour Party’s annual conference is jubilant this year. Following a general election where he performed better than expected—though he still lost—leader, J...

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Royal Literary Fund helps me out - yet again!

Posted on September 28, 2017 at 6:20 AM


Yet again I'm indebted to the Royal Literary Fund - this time for providing me with funding to purchase brand new computer equipment! Thank you RLF, I hope I can justify your faith!

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The Royal Literary Fund saves my bacon (again...)

Posted on September 15, 2017 at 9:20 AM

Many thanks once again to the Royal Literary Fund for providing me with a very generous grant for the second year running. Means a great deal when such a respected organisation shows such faith in you...

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California revisited: read my latest travel piece in The Spectator

Posted on September 14, 2017 at 7:25 PM


"In 1982, aged 15 I boarded my first plane and flew to meet my father and step family in Los Angeles. I never forg...

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"Behind every cloud there's a clear blue sky" - published at Legend Press

Posted on August 29, 2017 at 9:50 AM


Delighted to announce that my (very) short story, "Behind every cloud there's a clear blue sky," has been published at Legend Press, which published my first two novels "F...

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"White Hawk": a short story

Posted on August 28, 2017 at 6:30 AM


Recently a man in Ipswich made headlines when a seagull reportedly ripped of his gonad as he sunbathed nude in his garden. Thankfully the story, which was widely shared, was probably fake - but nevertheless eerily reminiscent of my short story, "White Haw...

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My latest Spectator blog: Why do employers think they can treat potential employees so appallingly?

Posted on August 3, 2017 at 6:15 PM


"As a freelance journalist, when my main employer of four years called to say they were dispe...

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Out of Office

“He possesses a way with metaphor and analogy which, when utilised sparingly and with a lightness of touch, rivals Martin Amis.”

- “Outside Left” magazine, issue 22

 “Mark Piggott is a talented and exciting writer; his novel is original, powerful and fast-moving, and takes the reader, all unprepared, into places he would probably have avoided had he been warned. But from page one it is too late; he is being hurtled along and he cannot get off.”

- Paula McMaster, “Bookgroup.info”

 “This is a book that really makes you think about contemporary Britain and the difficult issues of race and class with which it is still grappling. It's also a book that resists easy answers and skewers political correctness.”

- Andrew Blackman, author, “On the Holloway Road”

 “A great British voice – pithy and powerful"

– Bill Coles, author, “Dave Cameron’s Schooldays”

Fire Horses

“Reading Fire Horses is like riding pillion on a motorbike driven by a poet”

– Jonathan Trigell, author, “Boy A”

“As a debut novel it shines, both in the quality of the writing and the insights into mankind and modern history”

– Mike French, “View from Here”

“Passionate, powerful, poetic – a fine debut from an original talent”

- John King, author, "The Football Factory"

“Piggott’s debut novel is a plausible evocation of seamy ‘80s life viewed through the prism of complicated male friendship. Piggott’s eye for social detail is acute, and his love for his characters shines through.”

– John O’Connell, “Time Out”

 “The words themselves, from start to finish, are written with a flair and lyrical fluency that make this book difficult to put down and overall a deservedly worthwhile read.”

– “Frank Mask” literary blog

Biography

I've had dozens of major features in the Sunday Times, Times, Guardian, Independent, Mail, Express, Telegraph, Observer, Spectator and many more. I've appeared on TV and been a guest on BBC radio numerous times, researched documentaries for ITV and lectured in both creative writing and journalism.

I'm the author of three novels, "Kidology," “Out of Office” and “Fire Horses," and one collection of short stories and creative non-fiction, "Militant Factions." Fire Horses - first published by Legend Press, 2008 - was shortlisted for BBC 5 Live’s “Book of the Month”. Out of Office (Legend Press, 2010) was The Book Group’s Book of the Month in July 2009.

I've also had around 20 short stories published in anthologies, magazines and elsewhere including Aesthetica, 3:AM, Pulp Books, Prole Books, Negative Press and Lucifer Press. My stories – many of them included in Militant Factions, along with some previously unpublished stories – have won praise from the New Yorker, Small Press Review and Huff Post. More details here.

My first attempt at a stage play was shortlisted for the Warehouse Theatre’s International Playwriting Competition; long-listed for the Courtyard Theatre’s competition; and “highly commended” in the Soho Theatre’s Verity Bargate competition. In 2016 I received generous awards from the Authors' Foundation and Royal Literary Fund. The RLF granted me two further awards in 2017. I'm truly grateful to both of these fantastic organisations.

Email me at:

[email protected]