The Trickster Prince

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

‘Halfway between Eddie Redmayne and a young Hugh Grant’ – first review of Prince of Tricksters

  Here is the opening paragraph of the first review of Prince of Tricksters: The Incredible True Story of Netley Lucas, Gentleman Crook to appear (it’s in the June / July issue … Continue reading

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What is a successful book?

It is almost time. It is almost that time. In the next few days hard copies of Prince of Tricksters: The Incredible True Story of Netley Lucas, Gentleman Crook will … Continue reading

June 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

Hidden Objects and Untold Histories

Originally posted on Modern British Studies Birmingham:
There are stories bound up in objects which are hidden in plain sight. A pot donkey silently carries memories down through generations; an…

May 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

This is why I ride

  This is why I ride.   A mid-life crisis becomes an annual event, and a trip to Mallorca becomes a chance to escape. Like history, life looks different over … Continue reading

April 30, 2016 · 1 Comment

What do we talk about when we talk about doing history?

  What do we talk about when we talk about doing history? A couple of weeks ago I wrote a blog about the dull aches and low grade anxieties that … Continue reading

April 14, 2016 · 1 Comment

Choices

Right now I am very tired. A long term, a shit year, and too many months playing catch-up since my Dad was in hospital. This is why I am very … Continue reading

April 1, 2016 · 6 Comments

Page proofed and indexed out

  I sent a book manuscript out into the world, and it came back looking like a book. No longer half-hidden half-revealed in the esoteric symbols and arcane language of … Continue reading

February 22, 2016 · 2 Comments
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