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To date I'm the author of two novels, “Out of Office” and “Fire Horses”, both published by Legend Press, London. Two more are now with Legend - more details soon.

I've had major features in the Spectator, Times, Guardian, Independent, Mail, Express, Telegraph, Observer and many more. I've appeared on TV and radio and lectured in creative writing and journalism.

My short stories and creative non-fiction have been published in a number of magazines, anthologies and respected websites including Aesthetica, Prole Books, Pulp Books and 3:AM.

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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 are sponsoring m...

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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 (which included 29th Fe...

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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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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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Out of Office

“He possesses a way with metaphor and analogy which, when utilised sparingly and with a lightness of touch, rivals Martin Amis.”

- “Outside Left” magazine, issue 22

 “Mark Piggott is a talented and exciting writer; his novel is original, powerful and fast-moving, and takes the reader, all unprepared, into places he would probably have avoided had he been warned. But from page one it is too late; he is being hurtled along and he cannot get off.”

- Paula McMaster, “Bookgroup.info”

 “This is a book that really makes you think about contemporary Britain and the difficult issues of race and class with which it is still grappling. It's also a book that resists easy answers and skewers political correctness.”

- Andrew Blackman, author, “On the Holloway Road”

 “A great British voice – pithy and powerful"

– Bill Coles, author, “Dave Cameron’s Schooldays”

Fire Horses

“Reading Fire Horses is like riding pillion on a motorbike driven by a poet”

– Jonathan Trigell, author, “Boy A”

“As a debut novel it shines, both in the quality of the writing and the insights into mankind and modern history”

– Mike French, “View from Here”

“Passionate, powerful, poetic – a fine debut from an original talent”

- John King, author, "The Football Factory"

“Piggott’s debut novel is a plausible evocation of seamy ‘80s life viewed through the prism of complicated male friendship. Piggott’s eye for social detail is acute, and his love for his characters shines through.”

– John O’Connell, “Time Out”

 “The words themselves, from start to finish, are written with a flair and lyrical fluency that make this book difficult to put down and overall a deservedly worthwhile read.”

– “Frank Mask” literary blog

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My Year of Abstinence

UPDATE 9TH NOVEMBER 2016: I MADE IT!!!


Starting on Monday 9th November 2015, I pledged not to touch a DROP of alcohol for one calendar year - which is also a leap year.

Not even vodka jelly.

Which means I'll have to find a new breakfast.

Follow my progress by searching for #PiggottPledge on Twitter.

All money raised goes to Children in Need.

Sponsor me at: justgiving.

However - I realise it's unlikely you're going to give money until the year's up. I don't really blame you. So - you can also make a pledge to sponsor me

at this Facebook page.

Alternatively, contact me with your pledge and I'll publish it right here.