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

I’ve been trying to talk about the difference between writing fiction and nonfiction for months now, and then @tonytula just—tweets it out. One sentence. Fuck.

This is Doolin harbour. I usually stand by the railing on the end, waiting on my ferry to work on the Aran Island. That horizon, is the next wave coming in.

A friend has alerted me via email to the "singular conducting style" of Dutch baroque specialist Pieter Jan Leusink. I have made a short compilation for ease of sharing on social media platforms. Pure joy.

I've spent years at @citywriting and @OxMst talking about the fluid boundaries between fact and fiction in literature. This, on trains, time and Anna Karenina, is a fascinating example of how one tumbles into the other.

All thanks to superb @soratcli #ValentinesWithTolstoy

Fancy a stroll through East #London in 1889? On the Travels Through Time free podcast we’ll be walking through street markets, experiencing the stillness on the #Thames during the Dock Strike, and watching a boxing match in a #Shoreditch church.

The last 2019 years of global temperature change

The beautiful game ♥️ Tanzanian fans watching Mbwana Samatta make his debut for @AVFCOfficial last night 🇹🇿

Hans Neumann’s story really is astonishing. Young, Jewish and living/working/surviving under a false identity in Berlin in 1944. This was one of the most challenging interviews. When Time Stopped is an extraordinary book. #Auschwitz #HolocaustMemorialDay

Done a podcast: AND SO IT STARTS.

Loved talking to @petermoore for his excellent Travels Through Time podcast, visiting 1917 - we dropped in on H. D. and D. H. Lawrence, helped the Woolfs unpack their first printing press, and spent an evening in Soho with the socialists at the 1917 Club

So, after 6 years of bold, imaginative & award-winning journalism, @guardiancities is sadly finishing after this week. But how brilliant it's been working with this amazing team @chrismichaelgdn @TashReithBanks @nickvanmead

If this was set to work in Shoreditch today, it'd reap a fine harvest.

"Representation of the New Shaving Machine, whereby a number of Persons may be done at the same time with expedition, ease and safety." (Wellcome Collection, c.1825)

cc @bogdanantonescu

Dentist (chattily): "Personally I should not fear the most revolutionary government, as I understand that in Russia, even during the worst excesses of the Bolshevists, they always spared the dentists."

Illustration, 1924. (Credit: Wellcome Collection)

Steps at Wick by Laurence Stephen Lowry R.A. 1937
Oil on Canvas
(Private Collection)