Most of my writing time these days is taken up with novels. One has been published (The English Monster), one is coming out in 2013 and a third is in the process of making its way out of my head and onto a hard drive.

My first printed thing (outside student journalism) was a book review in the Guardian in 1989. As a journalist, I worked for Financial Times Newsletters and for Baskerville Communications (which was subsequently absorbed into Informa). I also did freelance stuff for the Independent, the Sunday Telegraph, the Evening Standard and the Guardian.

My most recent journalism and writing is listed below:

My parley with book pirates (The Guardian): When the author of The English Monster found a request to pirate his novel circulating on discussion board Mobilism, he decided to respond himself – and was surprised by the results

Top Ten Weird Histories (The Guardian): Lloyd Shepherd, author of The English Monster, chooses his favourite weird histories, from Never Let Me Go to The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

The death of books has been greatly exaggerated(The Guardian): Radical change is certainly producing some alarming symptoms – but much of the doomsayers’ evidence is anecdotal, and it’s possible to read a much happier story

A post from 2024A not-entirely-serious look at the future of search

Glastonbury en Vague

Tales from the City

Pop Festival

The aluminium curtain

Crimes even lower at sunny Glastonbury

You don’t have to live like a refugee

Various bits and pieces from the 2004 Glastonbury festival

Good things comeReading Carter Beats the Devil a year too late

The convenience con

Mistletoe and whine

What does your bank say about you?


The house price forecast: squally

Welcome to my nightmare

Talking rubbish 98% of the time

Let there be policy exclusions

Family ties

If only you could turn back time

Never had it so bad

A little knowledge is a profitless thing

No retreat, no surrender

Bringing the house down

Spend, spend…no, don’t spend

Saving for the children

You’re a bleedin’ liability, you are

Get a grip on yourself

Selling points

The generation blame

Think of the children

Starters’ orders

Scaring the life out of us

A series of columns badged as The Financial Hypochondriac

Staged frightA family trip to Thorpe Park

Van extraordinaireA trip around France in a campervan

King and IWhy I love Stephen King

Primary choice: A guide to choosing a primary school, for the paranoid middle classes

Pitch invasion: All about England World Cup songs

Tainted love: Celebrating Soft Cell