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Mike French is an author and the owner and senior editor of the prestigious literary magazine, The View From Here which has been called many fine things since it started in 2007 including, "Attractive, informative, sparkling and useful" by the late Iain M. Banks and for having a “great passion and drive” by Booker shortlisted Tom McCarthy.

Mike’s debut novel, The Ascent of Isaac Steward came out in 2011 with Cauliay Publishing and was nominated for The Galaxy National Book Awards which due to an unfortunate clerical error was awarded to Dawn French.

Born in Cornwall in 1967, Mike spent his childhood flipping between England and Scotland with a few years in between in Singapore. Splitting his time between his own writing, editing the magazine, running workshops and working with atp media in Luton, Mike is married with three children and a growing number of pets. He currently lives in Luton in the UK and when not working watches Formula 1, eats Ben & Jerry's Phish Food and listens to Noah and the Whale.

Mike's second novel a dsytopian sci-fi called Blue Friday was released in 2012 by Elsewhen Press and was nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke award 2013. Convergence, his third book, was released in October 2013 from Elsewhen Press and was also nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke award 2014. 

Blue Friday Launched Today

WIN SIGNED COPIES OF BLUE FRIDAY and THE ASCENT OF ISAAC STEWARD

Hurrah! Today my second novel, Blue Friday, is launched on Kindle, Apple's ibooks on itunes and other digital platforms by Elsewhen Press.

"Great satire on the modern obsession with a work /life balance." Juxtabook

Buy it here for Kindle ..


USA Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Blue-Friday-ebook/dp/B0094ONKVE/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1346482914&sr=1-2&keywords=blue+friday

Here for ibooks ...

http://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/blue-friday/id554475310?mt=11

And here for kobo ...

http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/Blue-Friday/book-4DJNzSNIHUeRVf3LrDn2Cg/page1.html?s=fklrArb8I0yQ6226aB3XBQ&r=1

to be followed by the paperback launch on the 10 November 2012 at the Novacon science fiction convention.

Please do help this climb the charts and get yourself a copy today -
wife and kids to feed and all that :-)

To make it fun ... if you ...
Buy an electronic edition
and share this launch on your facebook timeline...
then leave a message on the event timeline over at facebook for the Blue Friday launch ...
http://www.facebook.com/events/345629178853170/
to let me know you've done this ...

then you willl be entered into a draw for a chance to win a signed copy of the Blue Friday paperback plus a signed copy of my first novel The Ascent of Isaac Steward and a signed postcard for Blue Friday. ( Competition will run from 1st Sep to 5th September - prizes will be posted in November when the paperback is released.)

Listen if that didn't work and you ever work overtime again - even a minute over 5 o'clock - we will send Mr Brittle and Mr Stone ( see cover ) to pay you a visit - you've been warned!

If you don't have a Kindle or Apple product you can read it on your smartphone or computer by getting the free read anywhere Kindle app ...

https://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/ref=kcp_ipad_mkt_lnd?docId=1000493771

About Blue Friday...

Dystopian science fiction, Blue Friday tells of a future where many live in fear of the Family Protection Agency, a special police division enforcing the strict legislation that has been introduced to protect the family unit. Combining dark humour with a vision of the future that is almost an inverse of the classic dystopian nightmare of 1984, the latest novel from Mike French follows in the tradition of great Speculative Fiction satirists such as Jonathan Swift. In Blue Friday, overtime for married couples is banned, there is enforced viewing of family television (much of it repeats of old shows from the sixties and seventies), monitored family meal-times and a coming of age where twenty-five year-olds are automatically assigned a spouse by the state computer if they have failed to marry. Only the Overtime Underground network resists. Mike's novel is thoughtful, while at the same time prompting a wry smile in the reader. It reverses the usual dystopian vision of a future regime driven by productivity and industrial output at the expense of family, demonstrating that the converse may be no better.