Mark Piggott is the author of two novels, “Out of Office” and “Fire Horses”, published by Legend Press, London. Magazines to have published his short stories and creative non-fiction include Aesthetica, Prole Books, Pulp Books and 3:AM.

Now a staff reporter for the IB Times he’s had major features in the Times, Guardian, Independent, Mail, Express, Sunday Express, Telegraph, Observer and more. He has appeared on TV and radio and lectures in creative writing and journalism. Read his "Suffolkating" column at the Huffington Post.

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Short stories are like buses...

Posted on April 2, 2015 at 4:35 PM

...they all come at once. Well, two anyway - one of my shorts has been accepted at the Literary Commune and another is to be included in an anthology linked to the estate of Alan Sillitoe. Very exciting. Added to which I'm just finishing a new novel. More details soon...

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Pensioners with Parents: read my feature in the IB Times

Posted on December 24, 2014 at 11:50 AM

"Eileen is 93. Her husband Les passed away in January 2014 after 73 years of marriage, and so for the first time in her life this Christmas she'll wake up alone - like half a million other older people nationwide.

I feel a bit guilty about Eileen - because she's my nan. Usually I see her over Christmas but this year I'm taking my own children to Australia to stay with auntie Kate - nan's daughter. Eileen's sons, Michael (my ...

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Piggott's post: Jacobson, Heller and reflections on 'real life'

Posted on November 27, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Yesterday morning, attempting to get the kids ready in time for the school bus, I briefly read a quote by my fellow Mancunian Howard Jacobson that made me pause, smile and vow never to stop writing: nor dreaming. The lovely, if bearded, Booker-winner was being interviewed about the equally brilliant Joseph “Catch-22″ Heller by Melvyn Bragg and said:

“You can smell life in Heller. You feel he̵...

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Catch my live IBT blog on the Scottish referendum tonight

Posted on September 18, 2014 at 11:25 AM

Is the UK finished? Will Great Britain become less great? Catch my live blog for the IB Times tonight from 7 pm until 6 am or the break-up of the union - whichever comes first...

Not Suffolkating: The Sound of Sirens

Posted on August 20, 2014 at 9:50 AM

“Times goes at a different rate in the country. It seems only yesterday that we drove out beyond the M25, and the cat pooped on my lap, and we began our new life in a house of flies and dirt and no door-handles. It was actually ten months ago. Ten months driving to and from stations, sitting on trains, working at the IB Times, writing my book ("Kidology" - thanks for asking), reading other people's books, trying to convince the kids we could make it work in t...

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#Kidology complete; moving home; Gaza; Isis; Out of Office

Posted on August 11, 2014 at 8:05 AM

It's been a struggle, but last Thursday I finally handed in my new novel, #Kidology (hashtag: negotiable). Writing on trains (sometimes standing up on the Cambridge - Liverpool Street commute); late nights and early starts; writing even as the kids broke up from school and we started to pack ahead of our move back to London. Kidology: a scatological satire on modern manners, parenting, and class. Just hope my agent likes it.

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Updike, rewrites, goodnight Eli

Posted on June 25, 2014 at 11:45 AM

After the “Rabbit” books – my favourite gang of bound pages - reading Updike’s “Couples” has been a disappointment. The characters intermingle; none of them are pleasant; they are all obsessed with ageing and fucking and don’t seem to feel anything. Nor did I. For the first time I understood Martin Amis’s phrase, “suspiciously frictionless” – it’s all so smooth and lovely and easy, there is nev...

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Remember. Who. You. Are...

Posted on May 5, 2014 at 12:25 PM


So there I am in the car, exhausted, driving the 25 miles to Cambridge for an early train to Hitchin for the replacement bus to Welwyn, knowing that after the long, ghastly trip to London I’ll work 9 hours then face the same trip home, hoping our move back to the smoke goes smoothly, yawning, holding the wheel to stay awake, wondering if I have time to take a detour via the garage for a coffee, and then...

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Marquez, Grossman, 'Suffolkating' and news from the 32nd floor...

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 1:25 PM

What a week: what weeks... Working at the IB Times so much now (even today, albeit from home) there seems little point in providing a round-up of 32nd floor shenanigans, so if you want to see what I've been working on TAKE A LOOK HERE.

I'm spending so much time (and money) on trains that I'm finally catching up on some reading. In recent weeks I've...

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Will Independence Fire Anti-Catholic Bigotry?

Posted on April 11, 2014 at 4:55 AM

For the last few months I’ve been a reporter at the IB Times, which from its London HQ on the 32nd floor seems to be going from strength to strength. Now the IB Times has purchased Newsweek and wants to publish longer, more in-depth features on issues of the day, so I was delighted to be asked to write an investigation into the thorny issue of sectarianism in Scotland ahead of the referendum on 18 September. Here’s the ...

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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

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