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

As a writer, it would be disingenuous of me to criticise Theresa May for being a week and a half away from a deadline she's known about for three years and having barely started her work on it.

“The only end of writing is to enable the readers better to enjoy life, or better to endure it.” - Samuel Johnson.

Please do listen as @petermoore and I travel back into time to revisit three historic moments in the year 1947, as the British Raj is at its tail end in India. Stories of leaders like Mountbatten, the mapmaker Cyril Radcliffe and common people like the poet Prabhjot Kaur.

Rainy London looking Lowry- esque this lunchtime #London #lowry @NationalGallery #travelphotography #streetphotography #nikon

"A new star of Indian non-fiction" - (@DalrympleWill)
"A book of startling originality" - Edmund de Waal.

Really enjoyed recording this podcast with @AanchalMalhotra who taught me so much about 1947, Partition and the effect material history has on us all. #History

Attention all writers. There's a few weeks left to apply for this extraordinarily generous/book enriching residency. I went in March 2014 and wrote 50k words in a month. Nice walks and a ruined castle nearby too.

Just the morning for @Ways_With_Words #Keswick #WBTW much looking forward to @Roland_Jackson @ProfTyndall on Why The Sky is Blue and @petermoore on Endeavour.

“Clouds above and below: view from the cock-pot of a moth” Unfinished sketch by Eric Ravilious, c. 1942 cc @markv747

A haunting photo of my great-aunt, taken c. 1910. She died aged 18 three years later. I can’t quite believe it’s not a painting. It certainly seems pregnant with a novel...

A picture to awake many happy writing memories.

A barefoot, dishevelled dreamer in a toga, or a hoplite soldier in the thick of battle? Who really was Socrates? Find out in our new Travels Through Time podcast with Professor Armand D'Angour of the University of Oxford.

Great to hear @CarolineLucas arguing for a GCSE in natural history. I'm not a fan of endless curriculum changes, but Earth is our life support system & citizens need to know how it works. It's not just about birds and trees - it's the anatomy & physiology of a living planet.

“Four legs good, two legs better”

You may be lucky enough to be asked to transcribe the data in the image above which is the day of the first ever public weather forecast, made by @Captain_FitzRoy and published in @thetimes newspaper on 1st August 1861.

We're looking for volunteers to help climate scientists better understand our changing weather. Next Friday the #weatherrescue project will be relaunched, transcribing historical weather observations from the 1860s which are still only in handwritten form: