Sean Gabb is the author of more than thirty books and around a thousand essays and newspaper articles. He also appears on radio and television, and is a notable speaker at conferences and literary festivals in Britain, America, Europe and Asia.
Under the name Richard Blake, he has written eight historical novels for Hodder & Stoughton. These have been translated into Spanish, Italian, Greek, Slovak, Hungarian, Chinese and Indonesian. They have been praised by both The Daily Telegraph and The Morning Star. He has produced another four historical novels for Endeavour Press, and has written two horror novels for Caffeine Nights.
Under his own name, he has written four novels. His other books are mainly about culture and politics.
He also teaches, mostly at university level, though sometimes in schools and sixth form colleges. His subjects include: Latin, Greek, Classics, History, Law, and Economics. His first degree was in History. His PhD is in English History. From 2006 to 2017 he was Director of the Libertarian Alliance. He is currently an Honorary Vice-President of the Ludwig von Mises Centre UK, and is Director of the School of Ancient Studies.
He lives in Kent with his wife and daughter.
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The Twelfth Conference of the Property and Freedom Society (2017), by Sean GabbBodrum 2017: The Twelfth Conference of the Property and Freedom Society Sean Gabb 22nd September 2017 The twelfth conference of the Property and Freedom Society took place last weekend, in the usual place and with the usual enjoyments. The Hotel Karia Princess was about the same as ever, and I believe I was put up in the same room as last year. Bodrum itself was somewhat busier than last year, which must have been a mercy for its tradesmen and hoteliers – though it remains but a shadow of what it was when I first knew it. This year has seen two earthquakes, at least one terrorist attack, a fallen pound and a bitter argument between Berlin and Ankara – none of which was helpful to the tourist trade. This… READ MORE
The Value of the Greek and Roman Classics (2017), by Sean GabbThe Value of the Greek and Roman Classics Speech Given in Bodrum to the Property and Freedom Society 15th September 2017 Sean Gabb When a member of the House of Commons rises to speak on a subject in which he has a pecuniary interest, both the rules of the House and plain decency require him to declare that interest. It is a just requirement, and I propose to follow it here. My agreed title for this morning is “The Value of the Greek and Roman Classics.” I run the Centre for Ancient Studies, which provides tuition in Greek and Latin and Classics in general. I am also the author of twelve novels set in the early Byzantine Empire. Give or take the inevitable problem of converting interest into direct sales,… READ MORE
State Censorship, Corporate Censorship: A Libertarian View (2017), by Sean GabbState Censorship, Corporate Censorship: A Libertarian View Sean Gabb 6th September 2017 Every age we have so far known has been one of censorship. This is not to say that opinion has been equally constrained in all times and places. Sometimes, as in the Soviet Union, it has been oppressive and omnipresent – even extending to an imposition of orthodoxy on the natural sciences. More often, it has been focussed on perceived criticisms of the established political and religious order. Sometimes, dissent has been permitted among the intellectual classes – especially when expressed in a language unknown to the people at large, and only punished when communicated to the people at large. Sometimes, a diversity of political orders has limited any particular censorship to an area of just a few… READ MORE
Philippa Gabb Music VideosPhilippa Gabb is my daughter. She wants to be a YouTuber. Rather than let her talk at endless length about Minecraft, she has decided, in the first instance, to upload some of her music videos. Most of these were recorded specially for this playlist. A few are of performances at her school. Please oblige me by liking whichever of them you watch. The more likes she gets, the happier she is - me too. READ MORE
Six Records from My Collection (2017), Sean GabbSix Records from my Collection Sean Gabb 25th August 2017 Earlier today, I sent out a defence of freedom of speech. That discharges my duty for the moment as a libertarian. So now to something completely different. When I was a boy, we had a large house but very little money to improve or maintain it. No central heating. At least a strong moral pressure for baths to be cold. And my bedroom had no electricity. Since I've always been obsessed by music, my solution to this problem was to go off, when I was twelve, to the local street market and buy an acoustic gramophone - an HMV Model 102 from about 1932. For the next few years, until I discovered how to run a spur from the nearest… READ MORE
The York Deviation, Reviewed by Kevin"I knew that my world would die, and when it would die." From the moment I read this opening line, I was hooked. My mind cannot conjure up a more visceral, terrifying prospect. Imagine such a scenario - not just your life, but all life - on the precipice of utter destruction. You know it's coming - you know when it's coming... but can do nothing to stop it. Civilization itself awaits the executioner's axe. What's worse... it's partially your own fault. I don't often read fiction. When I do read fiction, it is almost exclusively historical fiction. This novel, a fantasy novel, is an exception to this rule, because it is an exceptional book. History, recent and not-so-recent, is seamlessly interwoven with fantasy and horror in a captivating dystopian… READ MORE
The York Deviation, Reviewed by A ReaderI absolutely loved Sean Gabb's "The Churchill Memorandum", with its 39-Steps plot, Harold Macmillan as the villain, and the acid bath murderer from Bulldog Drummond renamed Michael Foot. "The Break" wasn't as good -- the plot was made up as it went along and went off the rails at the end, but you can get a lot of mileage from exploring the implications of an interesting setting. (I preferred "The Great Before" by Ross Clark, which has a similar setting to "The Break".) The problem with "The York Deviation" is that the plot is very obviously made up as we go along, and the setting (York University in 1981) isn't interesting enough rescue it. It starts strongly -- the narrator wakes up back at university, in his body from twenty… READ MORE
Freedom of Speech: A Brief Defence (2017), by Sean GabbFreedom of Speech: A Brief Defence Sean Gabb 25th August 2017 Every age we have so far known has been one of censorship. This is not to say that opinion has been equally constrained in all times and places. Sometimes, as in the Soviet Union, it has been oppressive and omnipresent – even extending to an imposition of orthodoxy on the natural sciences. More often, it has been focussed on perceived criticisms of the established political and religious order. Sometimes, dissent has been permitted among the intellectual classes – especially when expressed in a language unknown to the people at large, and only punished when communicated to the people at large. Sometimes, a diversity of political orders has limited any particular censorship to an area of just a few square… READ MORE
Britain and Europe: The Long Goodbye? - Sean Gabb Speech in Bratislava, 15th August 2017https://youtu.be/vW_D_5f0bvI A speech given by Sean Gabb in Bratislava, on the 15th August 2017, to the Institute of Economic and Social Studies (INESS). He spoke to an audience of Slovak journalists and politicians on the background to Britain's impending departure from the European Union, and discussed what may happen next. The video was produced and edited by Philippa Gabb. NB - the main speech is in English, though the flattering Introduction by Richard Durana is in Slovak. Summary: In the 2015 general election, David Cameron needed to attract large numbers of UK Independence Party votes in order to secure an overall majority for the Conservative Party. British entry to the European Union (then called the European Economic Community) had split the Conservative Party. This led eventually to the emergence… READ MORE
Letter from England 2: Europe and the Culture War (2017), by Sean GabbLetter from England 2: Europe and the Culture War Sean Gabb "Published in The Liberty Conservative, 3rd August 2017) If I were to draw up a list of the problems facing my country, and then to discuss their nature and possible solutions, I might be starting work on rather a long book. Instead, I will confine myself to what I think are the two most immediately pressing, and that are within the direct control of the British Government. These are our withdrawal from the European Union and the state of our so far uncontested culture war. I begin with Europe. When we voted, in June 2016, to leave the European Union, we were plainly willing an end without willing any means to that end. I think the consensus among those… READ MORE