Journalism

I am also still doing journalism to keep my hand in. It would be a shame not to keep writing on subjects and issues that interest me and that I covered as a working correspondent: education, Europe, politics, history, religion and royalty. And, of course, I am available for commissions...

Here are a few links to articles I have been proud of in recent times:

Here's an article about a favourite book - The Pickwick Papers - that I wrote for the Guardian's summer series in August 2014:
http://bit.ly/2L05UwG

My trip to Canada and the US with Prince William and Duchess Kate in 2011:
http://gu.com/p/3vete

One member of the royal family still going strong at 90: this profile of Prince Philip made the Bedside Guardian anthology the year before I edited it, in 2011:
http://gu.com/p/2pkdx

A little spot of London history:
http://gu.com/p/2m5zb

Bodies of Australian and British soldiers reburied in first war cemetery on western front for 80 years
http://gu.com/p/2tey5

The 200th anniversary of Pentrich Revolution, when weavers and miners in Derbyshire tried to overthrow the government
http://bit.ly/2L1sSmR

My encounter with Judge Roy Moore, the Southern fundamentalist politician
http://bit.ly/2KXew7e

The Peterloo massacre marked a turning point in our democracy
http://bit.ly/2L5aI3I

And finally, an unashamedly favourite article about a great English cricketer. This produced the most astonishing postbag – it prompted two readers to make a pilgrimage to deepest Sussex to renovate the grave and inspired a new biography of Maurice Tate by BBC reporter Justin Parkinson (“Then came massacre” Pitch Publishing 2013)
http://gu.com/p/2ken6

Obituaries

I'm surpised at how many I have written in the recent past: academics, politicians, clerics, those in the media and the public eye

Penry Williams, May 2013 http://bit.ly/2KZhfwS
My tutor and historian of Tudor England

Sir Richard Body, Mar 2018  http://bit.ly/2L1d5EZ
Sir Gerald Kaufman, Feb 2017 http://bit.ly/2KYIZBC
Lord Cecil Parkinson, Jan 2016 http://bit.ly/2L0zamK
Charles Kennedy, June 2015 http://bit.ly/2L1bVt7
Sir Nicholas Winton, Jul 2015 http://bit.ly/2L1c7Zn

Walter Schwarz, Sep 2018 http://bit.ly/2O8PiVZ
Slyvia Peters, Jul 2016 http://bit.ly/2L1uxch
Sir Jocelyn Stevens, Oct 2014 http://bit.ly/2KZwrtV
Lord William Rees-Mogg, Dec 2012 http://bit.ly/2L1shSm

The Most Rev Eamonn Casey, Mar 2017 http://bit.ly/2L3vXTw
Rabbi Lionel Blue, Dec 2016 http://bit.ly/2L1taKG
Tim LaHaye, Jul 2016 http://bit.ly/2L1spkO
Mother Angelica, Mar 2016 http://bit.ly/2KYTGEr

Peter Stringfellow, Jun 2018 http://bit.ly/2KXWvpr
Max Clifford, Dec 2017 http://bit.ly/2KYlXuW
Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, Feb 2017 http://bit.ly/2KYIpnq
Lord Snowden, Jan 2017 http://bit.ly/2L079fo