All items: John Keay

In ‘Writing vs Life: The Pram in the Hall’, we talk to a number of RLF writers about the challenges of balancing parenthood and a professional writing career, and whether mothers and fathers still have differing experiences in this area.

John Keay speaks with James McConnachie about relics of Empire and roving Scots, the other writers in his family and the hectic schedule of non-fiction writers with new books to promote.

John Keay speaks with James McConnachie about hands-on historical researches from the Himalaya to the Highlands, his best writing advice and the idea that what historians really need is not more documents but stronger boots.

John Keay explains why writing a foreign nation’s history is no more presumptuous than writing about Picts and Scots, and shares his enthusiasm for RH Tawney, a man who was ‘more history writer than historian’.

Tobias Jones considers, as both reader and writer, the fascination of the true crime genre, and the profound truths with which it can connect us.

Travel guidebooks burst with listings and practical advice, these days, and the armchair reader is relatively neglected. John Keay looks back to the earliest days of the format, when John Murray and Baedeker competed in the early nineteenth century, and wonders when the object of reading a guidebook for pleasure began to be forgotten.

John Keay shares his diary during a week in which he lets go of a completed book and considers the next one.