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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. Now an editor for literary consultancy The Oxford Editors, he is represented in the US by Titans Management.

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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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Militant Factions: free on Amazon Kindle from 20-24 December 2021

Posted on December 19, 2021 at 7:50 PM


A truck driver has the fright of his life in the woods of Finland. A couple who've never met make a strange and sinister pact. A teenage runaway finds himself the plaything of an older wom...

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#MilitantFactionsQuotes 100: Metaphors, like oil, coal and the humour of John Bishop, were a diminishingly limited resource

Posted on December 19, 2021 at 7:05 PM


#MilitantFactionsQuotes 100:

Peter took rejection badly. He felt the only reason his book had failed to ingratiate itself to a publisher’s he...

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#MilitantFactionsQuotes 99: Brad brought flowers and pills and a packet of condoms

Posted on December 19, 2021 at 7:00 PM


#MilitantFactionsQuotes 99:

Brad brought flowers and pills and a packet of condoms and by the time they reached the bed was so blasted he couldn...

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#MilitantFactionsQuotes 98: Felt a feeling never felt before, then it pass

Posted on December 18, 2021 at 6:00 AM


#MilitantFactionsQuotes 98:

Sis open her legs and I tried waggling around. She sure thought it funny. But then a weird thing happen and little man ...

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#MilitantFactionsQuotes 97: Miller puts down the glass on her dresser and goes to the kitchen

Posted on December 18, 2021 at 5:55 AM


#MilitantFactionsQuotes 97:

He wakes mid-afternoon. Miller rises, groggy, picks up the tumbler, sniffing the pink stain and proud he feels no urge ...

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#MilitantFactionsQuotes 96: She watched villagers flee up mountains to disappear into the thin air of the desert heights where eagles hovered

Posted on December 17, 2021 at 4:25 PM


#MilitantFactionsQuotes 96:

On the computer she watched barbarous men dynamite ancient mosques and crucify non-believers, make women their chattels...

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#MilitantFactionsQuotes 95: Now I remembered where I was: amongst the enemy

Posted on December 17, 2021 at 1:50 AM


#MilitantFactionsQuotes 95:

Now I remembered where I was: amongst the enemy, a thousand miles from home. I knew what the Russians did to captives: ...

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#MilitantFactionsQuotes 94: It couldn't last. One by one we were picked off by the streets

Posted on December 16, 2021 at 3:25 AM


#MilitantFactionsQuotes 94:

It couldn't last. One by one we were picked off by the streets. Mainline fell under a train - one of his bouts of narco...

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#MilitantFactionsQuotes 93: How the hell could they close a glacier?

Posted on December 15, 2021 at 1:45 AM


#MilitantFactionsQuotes 93:

The place looked closed, but the guy waved happily enough when he saw us squinting through the door. I thought all thes...

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#MilitantFactionsQuotes 92: All the pain, selfishness, friendships forsaken and lovers forced out by my obsession...

Posted on December 14, 2021 at 3:00 AM


#MilitantFactionsQuotes 92:

On that strange afternoon when I heard my novel had been accepted I sat in my study, Linda’s photograph looking d...

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#MilitantFactionsQuotes 91: It was probably the only time I was both young, and knew that I was young

Posted on December 13, 2021 at 1:50 AM


#MilitantFactionsQuotes 91:

London, June 2010

It was that journey around Europe that first gave me some id...

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#MilitantFactionsQuotes 90: Nothing has prepared me for Cable Beach...

Posted on December 12, 2021 at 6:10 AM


#MilitantFactionsQuotes 90:

Nothing has prepared me for Cable Beach: the dinosaur layers, the vicious reds, the camel trains and 4WDs leaving tempo...

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#MilitantFactionsQuotes 89: Hemingway would have taken a goat skin of wine to recover; I take Ibuprofen

Posted on December 12, 2021 at 6:05 AM


#MilitantFactionsQuotes 89:

We head north east to Soria, a small town in Castilla y Leon of Oi! graffiti and churches capped with the enormous nest...

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#MilitantFactionsQuotes 88: Floating above the paddy fields in an Indian helicopter

Posted on December 12, 2021 at 6:00 AM


#MilitantFactionsQuotes 88:

Floating above the paddy fields in an Indian helicopter, flashes of colour all around: painted elephants, greedy buffalo, colonial villas ruined by the sun and the vines. Everywhere ...

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#MilitantFactionsQuotes 87: In the summer of 1983, I was fortunate enough to spend a night under the stars

Posted on December 11, 2021 at 5:00 AM


#MilitantFactionsQuotes 87:

In the summer of 1983, I was fortunate enough to spend a night under the stars. Although I had known homelessness with ...

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