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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 hundreds of features and opinion pieces published in the Times, Sunday Times, Guardian, Independent, Mail, Express, Telegraph and many more.

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#KidologyQuotes 8: A headache loomed...

Posted on June 21, 2021 at 2:25 AM

#KidologyQuotes 8: A headache loomed, almost as intense as the one that had materialised when he'd tried to order MSG-free chow mein, over a failing Motorola, with a dodgy signal, in French, to an apparently deaf and imbecilic Chinaman, with a two-year-old sticking excrement-coated fingers in his eyes, while driving an ...

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#KidologyQuotes 7: Jim always carried a variety box of Cupasoup, just in case

Posted on June 20, 2021 at 4:45 AM

#KidologyQuotes 7:

Much in the same way Hemingway carted round a wooden crate of spirits to stash under the dining table of whichever Count or General he was dining with, ensuring he could always drink anything he wished, Jim always carried a variety box of Cupasoup, just...

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#KidologyQuotes 6: The concept of Excel spreadsheets filled him with an existential despair

Posted on June 19, 2021 at 4:35 AM

#KidologyQuotes 6:

Jim shifted uncomfortably in the gloopy puddle, too scared to explore with his fingers. That nip had shaken off the Alastair Campbell drums, but now all he wanted was to have a little nap.

“Have we?...

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#KidologyQuotes 5: He must really want that Marbella hacienda. Still - Jim wanted his Anusol more

Posted on June 18, 2021 at 2:35 AM

#KidologyQuotes 5:

The room where his afternoon lectures were conducted was locked so Jim camped outside with his tepid coffee. When the caretaker came along he put his head down into his collar then scuttled inside, somehow mastered the projector and dimmed the lights so...

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#KidologyQuotes 4: Ingrid's parents died quickly, if a tad messily, in a head-on smash with an Eddie Stobart truck

Posted on June 17, 2021 at 2:15 AM

#KidologyQuotes 4:

Once - or if he was honest, more than once - Jim calculated that if all his family died in mysterious circumstances - perhaps in a country mansion with a mad poisoner on the loose – he’d be rather comfortable, financially. Except, knowing hi...

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#KidologyQuotes 3: He received the call he'd been dreading. His mother was going to Pull Through

Posted on June 16, 2021 at 2:30 AM

#KidologyQuotes 3:

...Just as the family were packing for Florida, the kids the most excited they'd been since he'd told them granny was dying, he received the call he'd been dreading from the quack specialist Hettie had picked up in a Kensington casino. His mother was go...

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#KidologyQuotes 2: Jim pulled up his shirt-tails like a piano maestro and slumped with a loud sigh: fartissimo

Posted on June 15, 2021 at 2:30 AM

#KidologyQuotes 2: Jim unbuckled his cargo pants, pulled up his shirt-tails like a piano maestro and slumped with a loud sigh: fartissimo. While he waited Jim attempted to check his emails on the tablet Ingrid had bought him as a Christmas-Birthday present on behalf of their oblivious children. With his other hand he tr...

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#KidologyQuotes 1: It occurred to Jim Cockburn that it might be best for everyone if his mother snuffed it

Posted on June 14, 2021 at 3:40 AM

#KidologyQuotes 1: It occurred to Jim Cockburn - not for the first time, if he was honest - that it might be best for everyone if his mother snuffed it. Everyone, he was guessing, except his mother.

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My comedy novel Kidology: the perfect summer read

Posted on June 14, 2021 at 3:05 AM

Some very exciting developments at the moment, none of which I can talk about just yet, including TV appearances, a major feature in one of the most prestigious magazines on Earth, and one more project that’s even more exciting. More news soon.

In the meantime,...

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Your final chance to obtain Out of Office absolutely free

Posted on June 13, 2021 at 4:25 AM

Today is your last chance to buy my controversial novel about race, politics and terrorism. Set over a few days in a long, hot London summer as a football tournament takes place, featuring race riots, Islamist terrorism and perversion, it’s now more timely – and con...

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"A book that resists easy answers and skewers political correctness"

Posted on June 12, 2021 at 4:30 AM

What they said about "Out of Office…"

"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 ans...

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"Mark Piggott is a talented and exciting writer; his novel is original, powerful and fast-moving"

Posted on June 11, 2021 at 2:30 AM

What they said about "Out of Office":

"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 w...

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Special offer: "Out of Office" FREE until 13/6/21

Posted on June 10, 2021 at 2:30 AM

Set over a long, hot London summer dominated by terrorism and culture wars, my second novel “Out of Office” (pub. Legend, 2010; updated Kindle version 2017) remains as timely as ever:

“It's a long, hot summer and London'...

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#OutofOfficeQuotes 100: "In the end the energy dissipates and there's nothing left..."

Posted on June 9, 2021 at 2:45 AM

#OutofOfficeQuotes 100:

This is it: twenty years is a long time, it’s natural that in the end the energy dissipates and there’s nothing left: no noise, heat or energy, just two self-absorbed masses of cells.

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#OutofOfficeQuotes 99: "There's hardly any pub folk left. I should open a halal burger bar, I'd be laughing"

Posted on June 8, 2021 at 2:15 AM

#OutofOfficeQuotes 99:

As he looks round the empty bar for Ulrike, Hook realises he hasn’t explained who he is. It seems easier sometimes just to talk. That’s the thing with journalism: some people expect him to pull out a ...

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#OutofOfficeQuotes 98: "I don't care if you're black, I don't care if you're Muslim..."

Posted on June 7, 2021 at 2:30 AM

#OutofOfficeQuotes 98: “I tend to concentrate more on characters really,” says Hook. “Local colour – pardon the pun. In the words of the comedian, ‘I don’t care if you’re black, I don’t care if you’re Muslim, I don’t care if...

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#OutofOfficeQuotes 97: "How many gaps are there in his knowledge?"

Posted on June 6, 2021 at 5:10 AM

#OutofOfficeQuotes 97:

Hook stares at the fish; the fish stares back. He opens and closes his mouth; so does the fish. Where’s its little friend? Down behind the little plastic castle taking it easy, away from the artificial ligh...

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#OutofOfficeQuotes 96: "Van Gogh looks back with melancholy airs from beneath his back-sweep..."

Posted on June 5, 2021 at 3:50 AM

#OutofOfficeQuotes 96:

Monica frowns stupidly. She’s ready, but ready for what? Hook wants to kiss her, rub his cock on her cheek, but he looks up at the Van Gogh self-portrait instead. Van Gogh looks back with melancholy airs fr...

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#OutofOfficeQuotes 95: "Council staff are among the lucky few whose passes allow access into the subterranean space"

Posted on June 4, 2021 at 3:40 AM

#OutofOfficeQuotes 95:

It’s cool and dark under the stadium and he walks slowly, glad to be out of the hammering sun. Council staff are among the lucky few whose passes allow access into the subterranean space: a car catacomb bui...

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#OutofOfficeQuotes 94: "Smoking? I just didn't think it suited me." "t does," says Hook

Posted on June 3, 2021 at 3:50 AM

#OutofOfficeQuotes 94:

Sighing, looking sadder than ever, Monica goes into the bedroom and he hears her strip off the uniform, take it to the machine and load the powder; the quiet rumble begins. Pulling on his gown Hook goes back in t...

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