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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. 

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"Bring back licences for dogs to help stop the maulings": my latest Times Thunderer

Posted on January 17, 2023 at 3:00 AM

“In 2022 nine people, including four children, were mauled to death by dogs in England and Wales, the highest annual figure on record. Every year about 9,000 ...

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A new Alzheimer's wonder drug is great: my latest Indie blog

Posted on November 30, 2022 at 9:35 AM

“Tonight, after work, I’ll drive 200 miles to Yorkshire to empty Mum’s flat. It’s just three years since she moved in: we had hoped she might enjoy a few more years in her co...

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"True beauty comes from within" - my latest Times comment

Posted on August 25, 2022 at 3:00 AM

“It’s probably fair to say that Ángel Di María wouldn’t be welcome back at Old Trafford even if hi...

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"In defence of package holidays" - my latest piece for The Critic

Posted on August 13, 2022 at 6:05 AM

“At a recent discussion on climate change, a famous feminist author listed activities we need to end right now to ensure the planet doesn’t explode like a frog in a microwave. One of these activities, she suggested, was the packag...

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"You don't need to like quidditch to back JK Rowling" - my latest Times Thunderer

Posted on July 22, 2022 at 3:25 AM

“One of the few rules to which I adhere is to distrust anyone over the age of 18 who reads Harry Potter books. My own kids outgrew this interminable series in the...

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"The surprising appeal of Sweden's second largest city" - my latest travel piece for The Spectator

Posted on June 28, 2022 at 3:25 PM

“Sweden is often overlooked as a holiday destination by Brits due to lazy misconceptions about the Scandinavian weather and prices. Yet Swedish summers are arguably more pr...

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"Has my Yorkshire grit held me back? I'll 'appen that's it" - my latest Times Thunderer

Posted on June 15, 2022 at 10:20 AM

“Wazzocks. That was my first reaction on reading that my fellow Brits are likely to think of me as less intelligent than southerners due to my strong Yorkshire...

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"It's idiotic to send willing workers all the way to Rwanda" - my latest Times Thunderer

Posted on April 20, 2022 at 3:15 AM

“A question for those backing Priti Patel’s proposals to fly migrants 4,000 miles to Rwanda: do you think Britain has a manpower problem? My experien...

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Why didn't airlines and holiday companies see the Easter travel chaos coming? My latest comment for The Independent

Posted on April 9, 2022 at 6:05 AM

“We should have been packing for our Easter trip to Mallorca about now. Having had a number of foreign holidays cancelled in ...

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Hear me discussing class with Carolyne Wyatt and Sophia Money Coutts on Radio 4

Posted on April 2, 2022 at 1:00 PM

Just been a guest on Radio 4 with the fabulous Carolyne Wyatt and fellow guest Sophia Money Coutts talking about my article on class in yesterday’s Times. Listen here:


Does the BBC know what it means by 'working class'? - my latest Times Thunderer

Posted on April 1, 2022 at 2:05 AM

“About chuffing time, you la-di-da southern Jessies. Such was my reaction on learning the BBC is to employ more horny-handed sons of toil like me, finally defining ...

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Reparations for slavery won't right wrongs of the past - my latest Times Thunderer

Posted on March 23, 2022 at 5:20 PM

“Let’s begin by acknowledging that the Jamaicans who greeted William and Kate with demands for reparations have a point. The trans-Atlantic slave trade w...

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No, THIS is hardcore: my latest Critic column

Posted on March 21, 2022 at 6:35 AM

“I doubt there’s anywhere drearier to be than Rochdale on a rainy night in 1982. Having missed the bus and facing a 14-mile walk, me and my friend pass shuttered shops...

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Spare a thought for 'sandwich generation' - my latest Spectator column

Posted on March 21, 2022 at 3:10 AM

“Sunday was fairly typical. The police picked up Mum, 73, wandering in distress near Halifax bus station, cold, disorientated and lost. Son, 15, was walking with a friend in north L...

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Teenagers get a bad press - my latest Indie comment

Posted on February 18, 2022 at 1:45 PM

“Last Saturday evening I was foolish enough to allow 50 London teenagers into my home and treat it as they wished. My daughter’s 18th birthday fell on the Sunday, and...

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Racist, sexist claim puts me on same page as the greats: my latest Times Thunderer

Posted on January 17, 2022 at 2:00 AM

“Norman Mailer and I don’t have much in common. Aged 22, Mailer was fighting in the Pacific, whereas I was working in Harrods’ warehouse. By 25, M...

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Opening the anthology: my latest essay for The Author

Posted on December 27, 2021 at 6:25 AM

In the cold hard winter of 1983, I was an angry, skint 16-year-old sharing a room with a mate, having been booted out of home a few months before. It was a desperate time, but there were chinks of light, and for reasons...

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Last chance saloon... obtain all 4 of my published books absolutely free

Posted on December 23, 2021 at 3:35 AM

From 20-24 December 2021, all four of my published books are available FREE on Amazon Kindle.

What they said about “Fire Horses” ...

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"There is risk in not spending Christmas with my elderly parents" - my latest Telegraph column

Posted on December 20, 2021 at 7:25 PM

"In this, the strangest of years, I’ve even changed my Christmas song. Usually it’s Fairytale of New York on Boombox repeat, but this year it’s Should I S...

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A Christmas Appeal - please save me from this 9-5 Hell (it won't cost you a penny)

Posted on December 20, 2021 at 3:10 AM

This Christmas, I want to reach out to you – yes, YOU - with a very personal appeal. Since the age of 16, apart from a few spells on the dole, I have unfortunately had to supplement my meagre income, f...

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