This is the website of author and journalist Mark Liam Piggott


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 My stories – many of them included in Militant Factions, along with some previously unpublished stories – have won praise from the New Yorker, Small Press Review and Huff Post.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.

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Fire Horses now on Kindle

Posted on June 25, 2017 at 4:40 AM

10 years after it was first accepted by Legend Press, my debut novel Fire Horses is finally available on Kindle. I've slightly revised the text, taking out a few passages that ...

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Manchester London Kabul Baghdad love x

Posted on June 4, 2017 at 4:20 PM

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The reality of being a stay-at-home dad: my latest blog for The Independent

Posted on May 28, 2017 at 10:15 AM

"Daughter, 13, insists on being woken at 6.30am so she can watch Gumball from under blankets for 75 minutes before frantically ...

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Posted on May 27, 2017 at 5:20 AM

...My home town.

Leave migrants alone. Fuck the Jihadists.

Manchester. A City United.

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My new blog about being a stay-at-home dad: in today's Independent

Posted on May 7, 2017 at 7:30 PM

"If you'd asked me at 20 where I expected to be 30 years later, I'd probably have said deep-sea diving on Europa; my fr...

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How Corbyn can still be PM - read my blog at the Independent

Posted on April 27, 2017 at 6:15 AM

"OK, hands up: I voted for Jeremy Corbyn to be the new Labour leader in 2015. My reasons were sound at the time: I woke up in...

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My second novel Out Of Office - finally available on Kindle

Posted on April 18, 2017 at 4:45 PM

Delighted to announce that my second novel to be published with Legend Press, "Out of Office", is finally available on Kindle, seven years after being published in paperback. With themes including Isla...

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My latest Spectator blog: the nightmare of school holidays

Posted on April 6, 2017 at 9:10 AM

"The decision by the Supreme Court to find against parent Jon Platt in his battle with his local education authority is both outrageou...

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Kidology and Militant Factions available now!

Posted on March 24, 2017 at 8:10 PM

Delighted to announce that my latest novel, "Kidology", and my first collection...

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How it feels to... give up drinking: in today's Sunday Times Magazine

Posted on January 29, 2017 at 4:00 AM

Between 9th November 2015 and 9th November 2016 I didn't touch a drop of alcohol...

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Hear me being interviewed by Eddie Mair on Radio 4...

Posted on January 4, 2017 at 2:05 PM

Just been interviewed by Eddie Mair on Radio 4's PM about why I'm coming round to the idea of Brexit. Or rather, having "lost" (I voted remain), why I now think it's probably time to stop whinging and get on with it (

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What a bloody year that was...

Posted on November 9, 2016 at 7:20 PM

Well, I made it. Didn't touch a drop of booze between 9th November 2015 and 9th November 2016. What a bloody year. Bowie, Brexit, now Trump. Enough to drive you to drink. Many thanks to all who a...

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My year without alcohol special offer: I'll match donations up to 1,000!!!

Posted on October 18, 2016 at 9:30 AM

As my BILLIONS of regular followers will no doubt already be aware, on 9th November 2015 I commenced My Year Without Alcohol, vowing not to touch a drop of booze for one calendar year (whic...

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No excuses - thanks to the Royal Literary Fund

Posted on September 18, 2016 at 8:15 AM

It's so easy to make excuses for not writing. No time, no money, bills to pay, I must eat, etc. However I have found I am now completely out of excuses, thanks to an incredibly generous grant courtesy of the Ro...

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Cybercrime and Cyberpunishment: my latest Huff Post

Posted on September 18, 2016 at 8:00 AM

"The digital age brings new freedoms, new convenience, but also new irritations - and new forms of crime. The world of justice struggles to keep up with the myriad ways cyber criminals use the internet, social media and smartphones t...

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My latest Spectator blog: Freedom is our best weapon against Isis

Posted on August 25, 2016 at 10:20 AM

"Of all the guff churned out about Isis, the refrain that we are engaged in a ‘clash of civilisations’ and ‘battle of ideas’ is uniquely moronic. Isis doesn’t want civilisation. As for a battle of ideas ...

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Authors' Award Foundation: ain't no stoppin' us now

Posted on August 24, 2016 at 3:55 AM

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To my amazement, I returned home from France (which was lovely - don't let a few idiots put you off) to discover I'm the recipient of a generous award from the Authors' Foundation 2016...

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My latest Spectator column: Why the generation gap is a myth

Posted on August 7, 2016 at 9:00 AM

"When asked to fill in my nationality – and when the option’s available – I always specify ‘English’. Partly because I don’t have an ounce of Scottish or Welsh...

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My latest Spectator column: The era of political labels has ended

Posted on July 16, 2016 at 3:50 AM

"I loathe labels but used to be described – indeed described myself – as a socialist. Perhaps as a result of having been conceived at a conference of sex-pest Gerry Healy’s Socialist Labour League (SLL) in Morecambe, then christened (or rather, named – my family...

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Read my piece in The Spectator: Brexit regrets? Yes - I wish I'd voted leave

Posted on July 5, 2016 at 10:30 AM

"I woke up on 24 June with a sense of impending doom. It was no doubt linked to the fact that after voting the day before, I had undergone an operation and so was waking up in a hospital bed. It wasn’t helped by the fact that I was also waking up to the news that Britain h...

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