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Nick Harkaway

Nick Harkaway is an author and commentator

Nick Harkaway is the author of two novels, Angelmaker (Feb/Mar 2012) and The Gone-Away World (2008). He has also written about technology in The Blind Giant, which comes out in May 2012. He was born in the South West of the UK and grew up there and in London. He studied politics at Cambridge, worked in the film industry, and finally washed up on the sandy shores of the publishing industry in 2007. He likes Italian wine, Thai food, German trains, the mountains of Utah, and all things unlikely. He does not like shrimp or things which taste of shrimp because they eat shrimp. He lives in London with his wife Clare, a human rights lawyer, and his daughter Clemency, an infant.

Let Margaret Thatcher Go

This week, everyone believes in the hero theory of history. There are no great or pivotal moments, only great people moving the inert masses by force of personality.
18/04/2013 12:37 BST

The Coming Crisis in Cheese: An Open Letter To David Cameron

Yes, all right, I'm not a Tory voter. But we can surely agree on cheese. Cheese is good. And Britain, despite the grumblings of the French and the outrage of the Swiss, not to mention some plucky challenges from Italy, Austria, and Spain, has some of the best cheese in the world.
27/12/2012 16:47 GMT

It's Not About the Money

Britain's membership of the EU is up for discussion - and it's liable to be a wretchedly stupid discussion.
19/11/2012 14:21 GMT

On Poppy Burning

With true free speech has to come an understanding of when and when not to use it. But you can't legislate that. It must be voluntary - especially in a world where a whisper can reach a million people in an eyeblink.
12/11/2012 13:26 GMT

Illiberal Democrats

We simply cannot afford to allow our government to go unscrutinised, most of all in amid the bleak seeming imperatives of the 'war on terror'. It's not that they can't be trusted with that sort of power; it is that no one can.
11/04/2012 10:54 BST

The Shell Game

he UK, like much of the rest of the world, is in a dire financial mess. Our government labours to conceal this, or at least ignore it, because it is in the nature of the financial system that the appearance of being in a mess causes all kinds of woes which make the mess worse.
28/03/2012 13:35 BST

Cambridge, Protest, and Newts

<strong>On 22 November 2011</strong>, Owen Holland, a PhD student at Cambridge University read a poetic protest at an appearance by <a href="" target="_hplink">David Willets</a>, the UK's Minister for Universities and Science, and prevented Willets from speaking (or so thoroughly annoyed him that he stormed out, depending on who you ask).
21/03/2012 21:02 GMT