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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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"Brexit: The Issue Tearing the UK's Political Class Apart" - read it @ GIDSS

Posted on October 23, 2017 at 9:55 AM


“William Goldman’s famous quote about Hollywood—“Nobody knows anything”—could also apply to the prolonged, painful extraction of the United Kingdom from the European Union (EU), aka Brexit. The truth is, no-one knows the...

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Special offer - buy Kidology and Militant Factions for 1 each

Posted on October 21, 2017 at 3:00 AM


For a short time only you can buy my comic novel KIDOLOGY and my collection of fiction and non-fiction, MILITANT FACTIONS, for just £1 each ($1 in the US or Australia).

#MilitantFactionsQuotes

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My first New Statesman blog - about dementia and my nan

Posted on October 19, 2017 at 11:20 AM


“My nan turns 96 today (Wednesday 18th October) but it won’t be much of a celebration. I’ll go and see her with ...

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Memories of a hurricane: my scary experiences in London's Great Storm of '87

Posted on October 16, 2017 at 8:35 AM

As Hurricane Ophelia reaches Ireland and the UK, my memories drift back to 1987 when, 30 years ago today, I wandered across London on acid as the Great Storm hit. I later used my memories in my...

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"The Momentum is with Labour" - my first feature for the Global Institute for Democracy & Strategic Studies

Posted on October 9, 2017 at 11:20 AM


“The mood at the Labour Party’s annual conference is jubilant this year. Following a general election where he performed better than expected—though he still lost—leader, J...

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Royal Literary Fund helps me out - yet again!

Posted on September 28, 2017 at 6:20 AM


Yet again I'm indebted to the Royal Literary Fund - this time for providing me with funding to purchase brand new computer equipment! Thank you RLF, I hope I can justify your faith!

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The Royal Literary Fund saves my bacon (again...)

Posted on September 15, 2017 at 9:20 AM

Many thanks once again to the Royal Literary Fund for providing me with a very generous grant for the second year running. Means a great deal when such a respected organisation shows such faith in you...

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California revisited: read my latest travel piece in The Spectator

Posted on September 14, 2017 at 7:25 PM


"In 1982, aged 15 I boarded my first plane and flew to meet my father and step family in Los Angeles. I never forg...

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"Behind every cloud there's a clear blue sky" - published at Legend Press

Posted on August 29, 2017 at 9:50 AM


Delighted to announce that my (very) short story, "Behind every cloud there's a clear blue sky," has been published at Legend Press, which published my first two novels "F...

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"White Hawk": a short story

Posted on August 28, 2017 at 6:30 AM


Recently a man in Ipswich made headlines when a seagull reportedly ripped of his gonad as he sunbathed nude in his garden. Thankfully the story, which was widely shared, was probably fake - but nevertheless eerily reminiscent of my short story, "White Haw...

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My latest Spectator blog: Why do employers think they can treat potential employees so appallingly?

Posted on August 3, 2017 at 6:15 PM


"As a freelance journalist, when my main employer of four years called to say they were dispe...

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"Liberated from the tyranny of imbeciles" - my "Author" letter in full

Posted on July 11, 2017 at 5:05 AM


Pleased to see my letter (alright - whinge) about finding an agent published in the latest issue of The Author (Summer 2017, Vol CXXVIII No.2). Here is the full text. By the way I'm toying with the idea of listing agents who didn't even respond to my let...

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All four of my books now available on Kindle for just 12!

Posted on July 2, 2017 at 5:20 AM


Delighted to announce that the latest versions of all four of my books - "Fire Horses", "Out of Office", "Kidology" and "Militant Factions" - are now available on Kindle at just £3 each.

"Fire Horses" - my epic trawl throu...

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My latest HuffPost: How Do I Tell My Children Their Dad's A Big Fat Loser?

Posted on June 30, 2017 at 7:30 PM


On Tuesday, as I’m inspecting my navel (see past and indeed future blogs), out of the blue I get a call from the head of HR at the company that has been my main employer for almost four years.

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Fire Horses now on Kindle

Posted on June 25, 2017 at 4:40 AM


10 years after it was first accepted by Legend Press, my debut novel Fire Horses is finally available on Kindle. I've slightly revised the text, taking out a few passages that ...

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Manchester London Kabul Baghdad love x

Posted on June 4, 2017 at 4:20 PM

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The reality of being a stay-at-home dad: my latest blog for The Independent

Posted on May 28, 2017 at 10:15 AM


"Daughter, 13, insists on being woken at 6.30am so she can watch Gumball from under blankets for 75 minutes before frantically ...

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LONG LIVE MANCHESTER...

Posted on May 27, 2017 at 5:20 AM

...My home town.

Leave migrants alone. Fuck the Jihadists.

Manchester. A City United.

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My new blog about being a stay-at-home dad: in today's Independent

Posted on May 7, 2017 at 7:30 PM

"If you'd asked me at 20 where I expected to be 30 years later, I'd probably have said deep-sea diving on Europa; my fr...

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How Corbyn can still be PM - read my blog at the Independent

Posted on April 27, 2017 at 6:15 AM

"OK, hands up: I voted for Jeremy Corbyn to be the new Labour leader in 2015. My reasons were sound at the time: I woke up in...

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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