Newer things here:

  • My free weekly newsletter Histories, ferreting out first-hand accounts from the hidden corners of history.
  • Various pieces related to walking (generally exploring themes of landscape and/or history).
  • Kenneth Grahame’s essay on walking, ‘The fellow that goes alone’, online in full for the first time here.

Here are a few old articles which have remained popular at this site, along with other random things:

And there are some more rambly old blog posts from 2004 to 2012, if you must.


Aside from editing many books of all kinds, I have written or contributed to the following: