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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."  I've had dozens of major features in the Times, Sunday Times, Guardian, Independent, Mail, Express, Telegraph and many more. Email me at:

mark@markpiggott.com


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"Ian Davenport Lines Up Colorful Vision": read my interview with this fantastic artist

Posted on October 1, 2018 at 7:35 PM


Recently I was lucky enough to meet Turner-shortlisted artist Ian Davenport ahead of his new display at at the Waddington Custot Gallery in London. R...

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Another massive thank you to the Royal Literary Fund!

Posted on September 15, 2018 at 7:45 PM


For the third year running I am deeply indebted to the wonderful Royal Literary Fund for their extremely generous grant. This money will enable me to finally finish some major projects I am very excited about – more details soon.

The

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My latest Long Read at The Independent: "How I survived a holiday from hell"

Posted on August 21, 2018 at 5:15 PM


Sunday morning. On a particularly busy section of the A2 – our old car hemmed in by transcon...

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My latest Sunday Express feature: "Secrets and spies ...battle for Britain"

Posted on August 20, 2018 at 3:25 AM


"As Europe’s team claims the UK is bugging Brexit meetings, the Sunday Express finds the transcript* of a meeting atten...

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My latest Independent column: "I'm an older dad but I was raised by a teenage mum"

Posted on August 4, 2018 at 7:25 PM


"On reading that former Tottenham Hotspur legend and shampoo salesman David Ginola has become a father again at the age of 51, my first response was: “Sacré ble...

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"How a family hiking trip left me thinking about mortality": read my Long Reads feature in The Independent.

Posted on July 24, 2018 at 3:15 AM


"Rising from a stranger’s bed I pull aside the cur...

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The perils of being a World Cup widower: my latest Sunday Express column

Posted on July 8, 2018 at 6:05 AM


"Now, I’m as much of an England fan as the next man (if the next man is Jean-Claude Juncker) but to be honest, after three solid weeks the novelty of watching...

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"Being a northerner is a state of mind" my latest column in today's Sunday Express

Posted on July 1, 2018 at 5:25 AM


"When a Newcastle academic called me a southerner recently I almost choked on my mushy peas. "Tripe!" I muttered. When my wife had handed me my tripe I had to resist the temptation to kick a whippet. Then I remembered it's only Northerners who are prone to sudden acts of irrational violence; as a ...

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World Cup Special: "Psycho Blitzkrieg" now available on Amazon

Posted on June 11, 2018 at 3:15 PM

In order to "celebrate" (ahem) England's guaranteed success at the World Cup Finals in Russia, why not read my surreal short story, "Psycho Blitzkrieg", about hooligans on the rampage on a terrifying new drug.

Here's a sample:

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My latest GIDSS Report from London: Clueless, Friendless, Lacking Vision But Theresa May Will Remain Prime Minister

Posted on June 4, 2018 at 6:40 AM


"Any doubts that UK Prime Minister Theresa May doesn't have a clue what she is doing have been well and truly dispelled by her Sunday Times column earlier in May. We now know for certain that the Prime Ministe...

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"The future generation is utterly baffling" - my latest parenting blog for the Independent

Posted on May 28, 2018 at 7:35 PM


"Older people have been moaning about younger people since Aristotle, but it does seem the generation gap has widened in recent decades – due partly to ...

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Report from Windsor: Fairytale Royal Wedding Sets Back UK Republican Movement by 50 Years

Posted on May 21, 2018 at 1:25 PM

"Dysfunctional relatives, dodgy paparazzi deals, B-list TV celebrity, divorce, death, and tragedy: surely Meghan Markle knew what she was getting into when she entered into ...

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"I live in a five bedroom council house which I don't need..." My latest feature at The Independent

Posted on May 12, 2018 at 9:30 AM


"No-one should be forced to move just because their circumstances have changed, but many tenants would like to downsize to escape the effects of the bedroom ...

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My latest GIDSS Report from London: What Do the Elections Really Mean?

Posted on May 11, 2018 at 7:15 PM

"It's just as well there are still four years until the next (scheduled) general electi...

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Is Britain drifting towards the rocks? My latest GIDSS feature

Posted on May 5, 2018 at 11:15 AM


"It sometimes feels like the island of Great Britain is floating on stormy waters, its incompetent captain powerless to prevent mutiny, drifting between a series of treacherous rocks, all of which could ho...

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Outcry is all much Apu about nothing - my latest Sunday Express comment

Posted on April 29, 2018 at 8:20 AM


"Liberal luvvies reacted with outrage when a journalist had the temerity to suggest that casting black actor Leo Wringer as a 17th-century English squire was misjudged. 'Was Mr Wringer cast because he is black?' he wrote. 'If so, the RSC's clunking approach to...

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I'm officially an Oldie!

Posted on April 27, 2018 at 9:40 AM

I might have turned 50 a year ago, but I wasn't quite ready to admit I was an oldie. However today I can finally call myself one because my first piece, "employers who don't reply," has been published in the May 2018 issue of... The Oldie!

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My latest GIDSS Blog: The U.K. Wrestles with the Russians: Who Really Wins?

Posted on March 20, 2018 at 4:45 PM

"The suspected Novichok nerve agent attack on former Russian spy, Sergei Skripal, and his daughter, Yulia, on March 4th in the leafy town of Salisbury, England ha...

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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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