The Trickster Prince

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

More music to mark to


May 25, 2012 · Leave a comment

Music to mark to

It’s that time of year again: the first batch of scripts have arrived on a sunny Friday morning. Seeking inspiration and energy from Roots Manuva.

May 25, 2012 · Leave a comment

On trust and the historian

Fragment of an epilogue: This book hasn’t ended up being anything like I expected it to be: what started life as an interest in individuals who faked it or masqueraded between the wars became a history of the confidence trick before settling into …

May 24, 2012 · Leave a comment


Doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun? In October I’ll have been in Oxford for four years. This means it’s time to justify my existence and produce reports on my activities (typically in slightly different formats) for both the college and the F…

May 22, 2012 · Leave a comment

Moi et Moi

Searching for the Prince of Tricksters

May 18, 2012 · Leave a comment

Bikes, boats and inspiration for adventures to come

May 15, 2012 · Leave a comment

A first

A first: 100 miles on the bike. Surprisingly I don’t even feel that sore two days later. If you look carefully you can even see the shadowy outline of a beard in that picture.

May 15, 2012 · Leave a comment