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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." I've also had around 20 short stories published in anthologies, magazines and elsewhere.

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

In 2016 I received generous awards from both the Authors' Foundation and Royal Literary Fund. I'm truly grateful to both of these fantastic organisations.

 

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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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Brexit: Keep Calm, Carry on Being Friends and Think of the Planet

Posted on June 27, 2016 at 11:40 AM

"Last Thursday 23rd June I entered hospital for surgery. The operation was minor but I reacted badly to the anaesthetic and as the night wore on entered a state of semi-delirium. By 11 pm I was straddling a to...

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Note to Dave and Jezza: Don't Trust the Public With the Vote, They're Cretins

Posted on June 14, 2016 at 8:00 AM

"It’s far too early to tell if the latest opinion polls suggesting the people of Britain and that little bit of Ireland will vote Brexit next week. Political pundits often insist you can’t infer anything from opinio...

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What's the point of the London Book Fair?

Posted on April 13, 2016 at 11:50 AM

"All this week (12-14 April) publishers and agents will rub shoulders and egos at the London Book Fair. This annual PR stunt will probably only make the headlines if some teenage wunderkind gets a six...

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Long live Pakistan...

Posted on March 27, 2016 at 6:55 PM

For every race. Against every religion.

Long live Belgium...

Posted on March 22, 2016 at 7:50 AM

...and fuck the medievalists

 

R.I.P. Barry Hines - creator of Kes and so much more

Posted on March 20, 2016 at 9:30 AM

When I was a child I couldn't relate to many books. Then I read The Blinder by Barry Hines and it just felt so ...

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What is an acceptable social media following and why does it matter?

Posted on February 25, 2016 at 9:25 AM

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Yesterday someone turned down my suggestion of a column because I "don't have a sufficient social media following." Funny, that. Here's me thinking it was more important to have written two decent books (actually five, but my publisher is dragging his heels), to h...

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Piggott's Pledge: 100 days in (266 days to go but who's counting...)

Posted on February 16, 2016 at 6:25 AM

According to my booze-free diary, which I'm updating minute by minute, and sometimes a lot more often, today marks 100 days since I took "the pledge" and gave up alcohol for a whole year for charity.

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In the public "i": apparently I'm in The Matrix

Posted on January 30, 2016 at 7:10 PM

How lovely to have a quote from my IBT piece on
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Religious holidays and Not Going Out: 2 new letters

Posted on January 13, 2016 at 4:55 AM

Heroes: David Bowie

Posted on January 11, 2016 at 6:10 AM

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Sometimes as a writer I find music bewildering. How can someone conjure up such emotion in three minutes when it takes so much effort in a book or story? What special magic is there in a great song that can take you away, towards, any...

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Fathers 4 Jaundice: read my festive story in issue 8 of the Literary Commune

Posted on December 21, 2015 at 7:25 PM


"The hour-hand dragged by gravity down to six: Time. No gentlemen, no "please", even time running low. As he pushed at the bar door ("PULL") then adjusted his technique (passerby snigger) billow-clouds of ung...

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B.U.S.H.E.D.

Posted on December 21, 2015 at 10:30 AM


1994: night. I lie slumped before the glowing TV in a suburban lounge in Fremantle, Australia. I've been Down Under for months, having travelled overland via Calcutta, KL and Jakarta but all I’ve seen are the suburban houses of Hilton, the “C...

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More Raw Materials: read my Q & A with Neil Fulwood on the Alan Sillitoe page

Posted on December 17, 2015 at 1:25 PM


Recently I was privileged to have a short story, "Picture This," included in a fantastic project titled "More Raw Materials" - which is both a tribute to Alan Sillitoe, and Nottingham, and a unique creation in itself. The beautifully-produced book includes stories, p...

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VIVE LA FRANCE

Posted on November 14, 2015 at 11:30 AM


Piggott's Pledge: a whole year off booze

Posted on November 12, 2015 at 5:55 AM

Just to let you know, I, Mark Liam "Thirsty" Piggott, am taking a year off booze for my kids, my liver, my brain, my writing and for charity. I'm not ill, hungover or even particularly worried about how much I drink - I just want to prove it's pos...

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