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:

My trip to Canada and the US with Prince William and Duchess Kate in 2011:

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:

A little spot of London history:

Bodies of Australian and British soldiers reburied in first war cemetery on western front for 80 years

The 200th anniversary of Pentrich Revolution, when weavers and miners in Derbyshire tried to overthrow the government

My encounter with Judge Roy Moore, the Southern fundamentalist politician

The Peterloo massacre marked a turning point in our democracy

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)


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

Lord Moore May 2019 http://bit.ly/2HVTd7t
Lord 'Paddy' Asdown Dec 2018 http://bit.ly/2VMjKsT
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

Lord Tim Bell Aug 2019 http://bit.ly/2HXTgj1
Christopher Booker July 2019 http://bit.ly/318bOor
Brian Walden May 2019 http://bit.ly/2HUM72S
William Davis Feb 2019 http://bit.ly/31annLx

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