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Mark Liam Piggott is the author of several novels, including “Fire Horses” and “Out of Office” (both published by Legend), and dozens of short stories published in anthologies, magazines and online. He has had hundreds of features published in the nationals, researched and presented for television and film, and been a guest interviewee on TV and radio. Now an editor for literary consultancy The Oxford Editors, he is represented in the US by Titans Management.

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#MilitantFactionsQuotes 67: "I'll kick you so hard in the testes you'll need an operation!"

Posted on November 25, 2021 at 7:40 PM


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Luckily the next watering hole we stumble upon is Holloway’s finest, the Litten Tree, aka the Happy Slapper. Some...

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#MilitantFactionsQuotes 66: "I was down the market boozer," he said, "and there was this street trader..."

Posted on November 24, 2021 at 3:45 AM


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“I was down the market boozer,” he said, “and there was this street trader with all his mates so I wa...

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#MilitantFactionsQuotes 65: Beneath the curving staircase to his left a plain wooden door carried a faded brass plate

Posted on November 23, 2021 at 2:30 AM


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Beneath the curving staircase to his left a plain wooden door carried a faded brass plate bearing the unimprovable word...

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#MilitantFactionsQuotes 64: When he awoke with a tender head he would be embarrassed and ashamed

Posted on November 22, 2021 at 8:40 AM


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When wine got the better of him he would come late at night, his eyes imploring those eyes to pity him and his loneline...

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#MilitantFactionsQuotes 63: Forest slid by on all sides like we were in some computer game

Posted on November 21, 2021 at 5:55 AM


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Out in the boondocks. Forest slid by on all sides like we were in some computer game. One last stop, down a sad little ...

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#MilitantFactionsQuotes 62: An angry young man, but never hard, I got into numerous fights

Posted on November 20, 2021 at 5:25 AM


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An angry young man, but never hard, I got into numerous fights; as the Whitty’s x-ray department can confirm the ...

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#MilitantFactionsQuotes 61: 9.9.88 (Friday) Patras, Greece

Posted on November 19, 2021 at 2:05 AM


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9.9.88 (Friday) Patras, Greece

People say Patras isn’t Gre...

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#MilitantFactionsQuotes 60: How to sketch a portrait of Broome?

Posted on November 18, 2021 at 4:05 AM


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How to sketch a portrait of Broome? Take a palette containing some copper reds, some luminous blues, a few brown sticks...

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#MilitantFactionsQuotes 59: We wake to watch the sun rise over the Bay of Biscay. Actually, that's a lie

Posted on November 17, 2021 at 2:10 AM


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Wednesday 15th

We wake to watch the sun rise over the Bay of Biscay. Actually,...

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#MilitantFactionsQuotes 58: In the next beach hut, refugees from the Sixties play Fleetwood Mac, Jethro Tull, Pink Floyd

Posted on November 16, 2021 at 2:35 AM


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In the next beach hut, refugees from the Sixties play Fleetwood Mac, Jethro Tull, Pink Floyd. Wish You Were Here? Welco...

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#MilitantFactionsQuotes 57: One cold night in another century, the longest of the year, I realised I had lost my keys

Posted on November 15, 2021 at 2:10 AM


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One cold night in another century, the longest of the year, I realised I had lost my keys. The only spare set was with ...

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#MilitantFactionsQuotes 56: Should have felt wrong, shagging someone with Ian Wright on their shirt

Posted on November 14, 2021 at 5:50 AM


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Should have felt wrong, shagging someone with Ian Wright on their shirt; somehow it felt great.

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#MilitantFactionsQuotes 55: mighty molehills of pallets, sleepers and Papish effigies grew skyward to be burnt

Posted on November 13, 2021 at 5:05 AM


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The only fires now came on Eleventh Night when mighty molehills of pallets, sleepers and Papish effigies grew skyward t...

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#MilitantFactionsQuotes 54: Genevieve went down in the basement with the bag of tramp-clothes and stuffed them in the furnace

Posted on November 12, 2021 at 3:05 AM


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Genevieve went down in the basement with the bag of tramp-clothes and stuffed them in the furnace she kept burning day ...

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#MilitantFactionsQuotes 53: His wife dressed up in leathers for him once a year

Posted on November 11, 2021 at 4:25 AM


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Through pub-hubbub Gaz explained at considerable length but no great erudition why he hated Christmas and they all agre...

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#MilitantFactionsQuotes 52: A drab middle-aged salesman scooted out of the afternoon drizzle into an empty public house

Posted on November 10, 2021 at 3:25 AM


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On 23rd August 1979 a drab middle-aged salesman scooted out of the afternoon drizzle into an empty public house in a sm...

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#MilitantFactionsQuotes 51: Daddy's cell rang a tune: Kenny Rogers, fine time to leave me Lucille

Posted on November 9, 2021 at 2:50 AM


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Daddy’s cell rang a tune: Kenny Rogers, fine time to leave me Lucille. Daddy always loved that man. Bet he wished...

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#MilitantFactionsQuotes 50: One sunny afternoon he got mushroom flashbacks and fed his fingers into the spinning metal

Posted on November 8, 2021 at 2:15 AM


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I think he went to a private school. There's nothing to do in those places except bugger each other's arses and minds. ...

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#MilitantFactionsQuotes 49: The robe only fell as low as her knees, beneath black nylon

Posted on November 7, 2021 at 6:00 AM


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Opening the wrought iron gate he walked up the gravel path and rang the only doorbell: deep within, soft chimes. The bo...

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#MilitantFactionsQuotes 48: "Well, I'm almost ashamed to admit it, but I voted BNP"

Posted on November 6, 2021 at 5:15 AM


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“Well, I’m almost ashamed to admit it, but I voted BNP.” There’s a frozen silence round the tab...

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