In a narcissistic spirit of completism, I have dredged out occasional pieces – articles, book reviews and interviews – that are still online. Here they are.


In 2009 I foolishly accepted an invitation to debate the climate crisis at St Andrew’s University. Here is my account of the evening for Prospect Magazine.

In 2014, I wrote a piece for Transition Free Press on ‘Climate change and the five stages of grief’. You can download it here.



The Bellini Madonna by Elizabeth Lowry

Ask Alice by DJ Taylor

The Wilding by Maria McCann

All of the following are available behind the TLS pay-wall. Click here to search for them.

Border Bypass: a dispatch from the Edinburgh Festival 2008

Far from the Healing Light: a dispatch from the Edinburgh Festival 2009

The Know-It-All by A.J. Jacobs

The Library at Night by Alberto Manguel

On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts by Thomas De Quincey


2006 – with my friend, author Clare Dudman

2006 – with Elena Dedukhina

2008 – with Murrough O’Brien for The Independent on Sunday

2009 – for Norman Geras

2011 – this video of me gesticulating for The European Short Story Network

Interview with Manchester Climate Monthly about Beacons.

A feature by Workshy Fop on ‘writing political fiction’.