The Cryptic Branch begins
I said in my last post that I was going to start a fiction serial on Substack and so I have. It’s called The Cryptic Branch, and here’s the blurb: 1900. Great Britain is the heartland of the greatest empire the world has ever seen. It is also a country of extremes — of wealth […] Continue reading
Grub Street 4.0
I signed up for a paid Substack subscription for the first time last month and I chose Ed West’s Wrong Side of History. I’ve been an admirer of Ed’s writing for some time, partly because I share his pessimistic-conservative outlook on the current state of the world and partly because he covers current affairs with a historical angle which I enjoy. Continue reading
Armchair travel with James Bond
Family summer holidays in my childhood were always spent in seaside bed-and-breakfasts or rented rooms. We never stayed in hotels and we certainly never went abroad. Hotel were too expensive and ‘abroad’ was impossibly exotic. Continue reading
Opening the windows
On a recent trip to Paris, I experienced one of the simple pleasures of travelling abroad, which is the ability to fully open the windows of the hotel room you’re staying in. Continue reading
Writer. Londoner. Wayfarer on the rolling English road.
the other place
I write about British places and history at theseislands.blog.