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. 

Mike at The British Comedy Awards

Leading up to the book launch this summer I thought I'd better start accepting all those invitations that keep popping through the letterbox.

The first of which was The British Comedy Awards hosted by Jonathan Ross last week.

They had asked me to present the award for Best Comedy Actress but
( and let's be frank ) the whole thing was so boring I'd lost the will to live by then, so left leaving my trainers dangling from one of the lighting rigs.

This ( above ) is Jonathan at the point where he's realised I'm not backstage - and what doesn't work so well in the picture - but you'll hear it on the show itself - the audience shouting, "Look behind you!"

Coming next : Mike at the Oscars

( picture credit: Stephen Gore )