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

July 12, 2016 · Leave a comment

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

July 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

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

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

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