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 is the founder and presenter of the history podcast Travels Through Time (, which was recommended by the Evening Standard as one of their top history podcasts.

Peter Moore @petermoore

Very thankful to the brilliant, imaginative designers at @vintagebooks for yet another fabulous jacket cover. Out next June!

“This is not the time for any country to be rowing back on commitments to environmental protections: we must demand that our leaders step forwards boldly to save what we still can.”
Me in @thetimes (£)

I've no idea what is going to happen next in British politics. But I did see Michael Gove strolling down Jermyn Street an hour ago with a great smile on his face.

The A4 in London this morning. This is one of the big roads that takes people west out of the city.

Fair question. What purpose?

And it is not only that Truss has none, her professional interests are now oddly opposed to those of the nation. For the better Hunt does, the more the markets will rise and the weaker she'll become. Seems unsustainable to me.

Born #OnThisDay 1712 George Grenville. In 1763 he succeeded the unpopular earl of Bute as #PrimeMinister. He inherited a woeful financial situation but created new problems by bringing in the Stamp Act.
Horace Walpole thought him "prolix, pedantic, deceitful"

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After imploding in 1763 when he unwisely introduced a tax on cider, Lord Bute's chancellor Francis Dashwood was overheard complaining, 'People will point at me in the streets, and cry: There goes the worst Chancellor of the Exchequer that ever appeared!’

Mind keep wandering back to this. Given the source and given the vehemence, it's particularly damning. I think the narrative is pretty well set now. Truss is a disaster PM, KK a disaster chancellor, the tax cuts a disaster policy. One, but perhaps all of them, must go.

If you are thinking about nuclear war, this might help.

I bid a fond farewell to these dear friends yesterday as I finished the very last of my edits for @ChattoBooks. My story all about them will be out next year. 'Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness'.

What a Question Time panel they would have made.

What better way to start the weekend than with a new season of Travels Through Time!

We're delighted to launch season six with acclaimed novelist @Robert___Harris. We visit 1660 to witness the end of Cromwell's republic and the start of The Restoration.

Want to escape all the Tory ga ga with a nice podcast? Well, I recorded one live with the wonderful @VioletMoller at @CVHISTORYFEST and it was The. Most. Fun. Ever. Travel back to 1815 with @tttpodcast_ for an hour of song, suicide, and very big hats:

Rory Stewart meditates in the lotus position in a Nepalese monastery, eyes closed. His hair ruffles in the breeze. Goat bells clank in the distance.

Four members of the 1922 committee approach nervously.

Stewart (eyes still closed): I’ve been expecting you.

Isn't one lesson of recent history that, if you leave an aggrieved, emotionally insecure, amoral politician in power for months after their downfall, then bad things will happen?

A stunning cloudburst over Lake Millstatt, Austria captured by photographer Peter Maier.

How dads say “You left the door open” in other languages:

5. Were you born on a trolleybus? (Lithuanian)
4. Are we at the Colosseum? (Italian)
3. Your tail must be long (Korean)
2. Don’t you have a rock for your cave? (Romanian)
1. Were you born with a yoke up your ass? (Slovak)