The Trickster Prince

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

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


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

Can you judge a book by its cover?

December 10, 2015 · 1 Comment

You got me Netley

When you write a book about a man given to changing names and telling tales you should expect to be found out at some point. A man like that – … Continue reading

December 2, 2015 · 2 Comments

On not writing (again)

I started writing this blog because I could not write anything else. Struggling with the white noise of not writing I looked for a way out by starting small and … Continue reading

November 9, 2015 · 9 Comments