A widely published academic and a successful, critically-acclaimed non-fiction writer, Max also has a PGCE and works across the humanities, sciences and social sciences.
Originally a field archaeologist, but also a woodsman, traveller and researcher into theories of knowledge, Max also teaches in the lifelong learning sector. A Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the University of Newcastle from 2010-2013, Max has worked with doctoral students and post-doctoral academics to help them visualise and develop ideas of narrative in their writing, especially with insights into the role of the protagonist.
Max’s approach is very much that of a fellow-writer, sharing his experience and insight and aiming to empower other writers to express themselves to achieve greater impact. He believes that all writers must work to develop their insight and technique; and that these can be taught.
His recent book successes include the bestselling The King in the North (2014), In the Land of Giants (2016) and The Wisdom of Trees (2018). His new book, a celebration of some remarkable women neglected by mainstream history, is Unquiet Women, published in November 2018.