Welcome to my website, which is a guide to my professional life as a writer and philosopher. My CV provides detailed information concerning my career.
In 2015 I published two books, The Disappeared and later in the autumn, Fools Frauds and Firebrands. The Disappeared, published by Bloomsbury, has received wonderful reviews and you can read them in the reviews section. One I particularly like is from Douglas Murray at The Spectator. ‘It's a gripping, disturbing narrative dealing with abduction and abuse but also love, escape and a type of redemption’. It is about England, now.
In 2016 I again published two books, Confessions of A Heretic (a collection of essays) and more recently, The Ring of Truth about Wagner’s Ring cycle. Finally On Human Nature was published this year by Princeton University Press, and has been well reviewed.
Fools Frauds and Firebrands is an update of Thinkers of the New Left published, to widespread outrage, in 1986. It includes new chapters covering the Parisian nonsense machine – Lacan, Deleuze and Badiou – and some timely thoughts about the historians and social thinkers who led British intellectuals up the garden path during the last decades, including Eric Hobsbawm and Ralph Miliband. All in all a shocking performance, but comparatively mildly reviewed and, by my modest standards, a bestseller.
Notes from Underground, my novel chosen by Ray Tallis as book of the year 2014 in the TLS, received the bronze award in the Suspense/Thriller category in the 2015 IPPY awards. It was also nominated for the IMPAC awards. It has been translated into Czech and was launched in Prague, during the Forum 2000 conference in September of 2015. A Portuguese edition is now forthcoming.
On Friday 25th November 2016 I was knighted by the Prince of Wales at an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace. Since then I have been hard at work on a book Where We Are, addressing the difficult and troubling question of our national identity, and how we are to shape a cogent first-person plural that will guide us through the years ahead. This will be my response to the Brexit vote.
The success of the MA in philosophy through the University of Buckingham has encouraged me to begin work on a graduate programme leading to M. Phil. and Ph. D. degrees. Applications are welcome, through the Registry at Buckingham. This summer we will also be running an experimental ‘Scrutopia Summer School’ through the Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester Park, delivering ten days of intoxicating eccentricity in the Gloucestershire countryside.
A special mention must go to Håkon Wium Lie for the fantastic drone footage of Sunday Hill Farm which can be seen at the top of this webpage.