The Trickster Prince

Matt Houlbrook: mobile historian; beard growing, head shaving; occasional cycling.

Since I left you

Since I left you I found the world so new Everyday Avalanches, Since I Left You (2001) I haven’t written about Netley Lucas since Monday 29 September. Fifty-three days and … Continue reading

November 21, 2014 · 4 Comments

Big histories, small minds

Jo Guldi and David Armitage’s The History Manifesto was published in autumn 2014 by Cambridge University Press. Polemical and forceful, it is a ‘call to arms to historians and everyone interested in … Continue reading

November 11, 2014 · 1 Comment

Bearbones 200 (2014 edition)

I wasn’t going to write this blog. It might have been the moment when I fell while crossing a river somewhere near Bryn Cau in the early hours of Sunday morning … Continue reading

October 16, 2014 · 3 Comments

Get (in) right back where we started from

Ooo and it’s alright and it’s comin’ ‘long We got to get right back to where we started from Love is good, love can be strong We got to get … Continue reading

October 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

The morning after the book before

The detritus of a manuscript now sent.

September 30, 2014 · 2 Comments

Are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin…

  Are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin… Where do you begin though? Newspapers, magazines, and websites often put together lists of the best opening lines from novels. It is … Continue reading

September 8, 2014 · 14 Comments

I started something I couldn’t finish

  If the first cut is the deepest, then the last word feels like the hardest. Ten years after I started trying to write this book, and after a year … Continue reading

September 2, 2014 · 1 Comment
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