Journalism, Radio and television

Journalism, Radio and television

I have worked as a freelance journalist ever since I started off on a student newspaper, many years ago. My writing has been published in The Guardian, The New York Times, The Independent, the BBC, History Today, The Literary Review and Nautilus Magazine.

I’ve spoken about British history on Radio 4 Today’s Programme, BBC1’s Countryfile, Sky News, ITV News, TALK Radio and ABC’s Late Night Live. I worked as an historical consultant for the BBC when The Weather Experiment was adapted for a three-part series called Storm Troupers: the fight to forecast the weather.

For any media requests you can contact Jon Fowler ( or Vicky Cornforth ( or you can just get in touch with me via my contact page.

Book reviews

The Age of the Club, June 2019, History Today

Where Every Man is an Island, April 2019, Literary Review (£)

Object Lesson, May 2018 Diary, Literary Review (£)

He Never Sat an Exam, A Longing for Wide and Unknown Things by Maren Meinhardt, Literary Review

Treasured Island, Robert Louis Stevenson in Samoa by Joseph Farrell, Literary Review

Scorbutic Sketches, Scurvy: the disease of discovery by Jonathan Lamb, Literary Review (£)

Marooned with a View, Crusoe’s Island by Andrew Lambert, Literary Review (£)

From Plymouth to Polynesia, Endeavouring Banks, ed. Neil Chambers, Literary Review (£)

The Great South Land of the Holy Spirit, The Savage Shore, Graham Seal, Literary Review (£)

Author interviews

Extended interview about the Endeavour on ABC Nightlife

BBC Radio 3 – Free Thinking (What Camus and Claude Levi Strauss teach us?)

With Doug Fabrizio on Salt Lake City’s Radio West

Talking to Phillip Adams on ABC’s Late Night Live

The Modern Notion Podcast

MPR News with Kerri Miller

Hay Festival – in conversation with Daniel Hahn (£)