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My new book, The Paradoxal Compass, is out with Notting Hill Editions. You can read about it here. It will launch at the Penzance Book Festival on July 7th and an excerpt will appear in the August-September issue of the London Magazine. It will feature at the Bridport Literary Festival in the autumn. There is more about it in the Books section of this website.

I participated in the campaign to establish a Marine Protected Area in Lyme Bay and have written about its wider implications for marine protection in English waters. The current issue of the Dorset Wildlife Trust Magazine has an article about it and there are four articles on the subject from the Ecologist, from 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017. The Paradoxal Compass is about, among other things, the longer history of the West Country’s relationship with the sea and marine conservation’s place in that story. It concludes with a discussion of Lyme Bay.

In 2013 I helped to put on a related event, OUR SEA NEEDS OUR SAY, which can be viewed on line, courtesy of Dorset Eye. I interview Philip Hoare, Callum Roberts and George Monbiot about marine conservation on stage at the Electric Palace in Bridport. The first part is here and the second part is here

Extracts from the pamphlet I wrote about the migrant crisis (see ‘Books’) have been published as ‘The View from Mount Eryx’ in the the PN Review. I wrote an essay for Review 31 on the same theme, which is also a review of Peter Mason’s ‘The Ways of the World’.

My literary essays and reportage on the environment and on Central / East European affairs have appeared in many magazines and journals, as well as online. My essays have appeared in The London Magazine, The Edinburgh Review, Resurgence, Areté, New Internationalist and elsewhere. I studied at the Universities of Cambridge and Edinburgh and now live in the South West of England.

Lady Chatterley’s Defendant & Other Awkward Customers is Horatio’s first essay collection, gathering in one volume his reflections on contemporary Europe, the environment and writers as diverse and valuable (all of them) as Paul Goodman, Mary Midgley, Ted Hughes, Samuel Butler, Terry Eagleton and Thomas Hardy.

The whole collection has a freshness and a surprisingness which are a delight… I hope lots of people will read this book – for its vigour as well as its vision.

Ronald Blythe

See the Books page for more detail.

The author was part of the successful campaign to establish a marine reserve in Lyme Bay. The first such protected area of significant size in English waters, it has permanently closed sixty square miles of seabed to the scallop-dredgers. This book, based on a talk Morpurgo gave recently, is part memoir, part updated guide to the West Country’s long and continuing relationship with the sea. The Elizabethan Age of Discovery, the crucial part played by the sea in the development of Darwin’s theory, its role in the present-day study of climate: Morpurgo follows the thread which connects all of these and more.

An updated edition of ‘Drake’s Graffiti’ is now available from Bridport Books.

Horatio’s previous work, How Thomas Hardy Expressed His Doubt – some reflections on Weymouth’s Olympic Road and the resulting destruction of Bincombe Down is a lengthy essay published in book form. It is available at Waterstones in Dorchester. Excerpts from this book have been posted on the Woodland Trust website – you can read them here.

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