Peter Moore

Peter Moore


Peter Moore is a writer, historian and critic. Born in Staffordshire in the early eighties, he was educated at Durham University and City, University of London. He now teaches on the Mst in Creative Writing at Oxford University.

Peter’s interest is in the rapidly changing societies of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. His debut book, Damn His Blood, was a reconstruction of a double murder in rural Worcestershire at the height of the Napoleonic Wars and was published Chatto in June 2012. His second book was The Weather Experiment, the story of the meteorological enlightenment of the nineteenth century. It became an instant Sunday Times bestseller after publication in 2015, Richard Morrison of the Times chose it as his Book of the Year, the New York Times included it in their 100 Notable Books of 2015 and it was adapted by BBC4 for a three-part documentary called Storm Troupers: the fight to forecast the weather.

Peter was a 2014 Gladstone Library writer in residence and a 2016 Winston Churchill Fellow. He reviews regularly for The Literary Review and his journalism has appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian and on the BBC.

Peter Moore @petermoore

Lively news item from the year 1731 ("very diligenty"!)

Here's my writing news.

I'm working on a new book called "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness", which is a decoding of the most significant sentence written in the Enlightenment Age. Johnson > Macaulay > Jefferson and all the rest of them.

Thanks so much @ChattoBooks!

Here’s an archaic word worth reviving: a “Quidnunc”, invented by Addison and Steele in the Spectator in the 1710s to describe a person addicted to the news. From the Latin “what now?” or “what’s the news?” cc @ChrisMasonBBC

Amazing. Thank you!

#bookreview: @petermoore's "Endeavour: The Ship That Changed the World"

A London man attacks his grandmother. In Manchester, a fortune-telling session goes wrong. And on the tiny Scottish Isle of Gigha, there's talk of a local woman transforming into a hare.

I chat witchcraft in 1862 with @petermoore, for @HistoryToday.

'In every quarter of England we find the active influence of witchcraft at work.'

Our latest podcast looks at the year 1862:

Lots of brilliant analysis in this conversation with Thomas Penn about 1483 and Richard III. Don't believe the Tudor propaganda, he said. It wasn't so much that Henry VII united England after Bosworth. Rather it was the House of York that destroyed itself. #tudors #history

Very happy about this! @ChattoBooks #studdingsails

The Dueling Weathermen of the 1800s #UShistory #envhist via @NautilusMag @petermoore

Britain expresses 'regret' over Māori killings after Cook's arrival in New Zealand