The Trickster Prince

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

Prince of Tricksters is now published

I wrote a book: Prince of Tricksters: The Incredible True Story of Netley Lucas, Gentleman Crook is about a storytelling gentleman crook, British society and culture in the 1920s and 1930s, … Continue reading

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‘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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Haunted by you

If you have made a life for the dead and gone, then they can see you. You, the biographer, are real to them, in their obdurate, irritating individuality (which you … 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 · 1 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
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