Mark Cantrell, Author

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"Language is a virus from outer space."

William S Burroughs

So where does a journalist-turned-author go to sound off? Well, here's a pretty good start. This is where I hurl my missives out into the polluted meme-pool of human existence, hopefully to make a few ripples, if not an outright splash...

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Blog: Citizen Zero Origins

Posted by Mark Cantrell on October 22, 2017 at 5:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Back to where it all began

Mark Cantrell offers some reminiscences on the birth of his novel, Citizen Zero, released back in August by Inspired Quill. One journey ends, anothe...

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Society: Will Government race audit spark a bonfire of injustices?

Posted by Mark Cantrell on October 12, 2017 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Making a dash for a more equal society

The Government’s new ‘dashboard’ for monitoring race disparity in Britain isn’t much of a challenge to society unless ministers act...

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Book Review: Evicted by Matthew Desmond

Posted by Mark Cantrell on October 4, 2017 at 7:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Eviction has become a way of life in America’s private rented housing market

It's easy to blame the poor for their plight, writes Mark Cantrell

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Blog: Trapped In A Glass Box With No Dial Tone

Posted by Mark Cantrell on September 18, 2017 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (0)

BT phones home

When Mark Cantrell learned that BT is planning to scrap half of its national network of p...

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News: British Library Investigates Virtual Future

Posted by Mark Cantrell on September 9, 2017 at 8:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Towards a single public library in cyberspace

IMAGINE a future where Britain's physical libraries are a thing of the past, writes Mark Cantrell.

No, this isn't a dystopian foretelling of a post-austerity a...

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Blog: UK Indie Lit Fest Proved A Real Treat For Bradford Book Lovers

Posted by Mark Cantrell on September 3, 2017 at 7:55 PM Comments comments (1)

So let’s hear it for the #indiearmy 

In a marketplace dominated by big publishers, indie authors and small presses often struggle to be heard, writes Mark Cantrell

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Society: Poor Men In Their 40s More Likely To Live Alone

Posted by Mark Cantrell on August 19, 2017 at 5:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Poverty makes for poor bedfellows

Life on low incomes is proving a singularly poor existence in more ways than one for men in their early 40s, claims a new study from the Institute of Fiscal Studies...

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News: Battle of the Five Towns In Bid To Win Culture Prize

Posted by Mark Cantrell on August 10, 2017 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Game of towns

Author Mark Cantrell might find himself living in a City of Culture, if his adopted home town of Stoke-on-Trent manages to seize the crown....

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Media: Indie Lit Fest Launch For Citizen Zero

Posted by Mark Cantrell on July 31, 2017 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Novel question: Is this the future we made? 

All hell breaks loose in August 2017 when a plot to unseat the British Prime Minister will throw the country into chaos – fictionally speaking, of cour...

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Blog: A Month Or More Of Mondays

Posted by Mark Cantrell on July 27, 2017 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Don't give up on the day job...

Mark Cantrell muses on the ironies of life and work. Back in June, he wasn't expecting to share something in common with the protagonist of his latest...

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Science: Old Bones And Tangled Roots Put T-Rex In His Place

Posted by Mark Cantrell on July 21, 2017 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Dinosaur family tree is just plain wrong, say scientists

We think we know dinosaurs, right? Well think again, writes Mark Cantrell. According to scientists a...

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Long Read: Poverty Is Creating Another Kind Of Banking Crisis

Posted by Mark Cantrell on July 11, 2017 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (0)

A symbol of a fractured and failing society

Food banks are emergency lifelines for a growing number of people and they have no place in a supposedly civilised society, writes

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