New Humanist Protection Cartoon

I’m reproducing this magnificent caricature of me by kind permission of Martin Rowson and the New Humanist.


I’m an author, journalist, playwright and contemporary historian. My latest play The London Spring ran for three weeks at the Etcetera Theatre in Camden Town at the start of 2012.

Here’s what the reviewers said:
“As a dystopian satire in the tradition of 1984 or A Clockwork Orange, his play has a graphic vividness” – Michael Billington, Guardian. “He takes the big society to its ugly, logical conclusion and asks us whether we like what we see. The results are convincing and unsettling” - Tom Rollins, Camden New Journal. “Beckett's Dystopian vision of a future Britain works because we can see it from here” Rebecca Banks, Remote Goat. “An accomplished attempt to address through art the market economics that defines our politics” - Sebastien Mann, Total Politics. “Well-written and engaging” – One Stop Arts.

My first play, The Sons of Catholic Gentlemen won the annual Independent Radio Drama Productions award. My second, third and fourth plays all had runs at good fringe venues, and two of them are now available from Samuel French.

The three most recent of my 17 books are out from Biteback, and the one I’m proudest of is What Did the Baby Boomers Ever Do For Us? Laurie Penny wrote in the New Statesman that it "returns Sixties mythology to history. The mirror Beckett holds up to the recent past is smeared with the suffering of young people today." And Dominic Sandbrook wrote in BBC History Magazine: "Grey-haired hippies will read this book and shudder; the rest of us, though, will read it for the splendid stories and shafts of insight."