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. 


Well this is a picture I wasn't expecting to take this week. The closure of the Luton branch of waterstones has left my home town without a book shop at all.

Very sad.  Probably a contributing factor was its location. The town's shopping mall - called "the mall" ( inspiring eh? Hope nobody got paid for that branding ) has recently had a facelift and that's where most of the public surge through. Waterstones is ( sorry, was) located on the traditional high street outside the mall - sat like some beggar hoping that somebody that chances by might show compassion and tip them a few coins.

So er well the local signing of my novel later this year will have to be at the library - but maybe that's not a bad thing - maybe we're looking too much for commerce to prop up the arts and we need instead places like the library to - o hang on - they're closing them to right? Arh. Well so far my local library is safe probably for the rest of this year anyway. ( I'm going to start digging a moat around it, I'll stock it with crocodiles - snap,snap.)

Where will it all end? Do you think Tesco's would let me do a signing and set up a table with my books next to the baked beans? Where do you think the best place would be?

Cereals? The nappy aisle? Wine & Spirits?

O I just can't decide.

The Ascent of Isaac Steward coming summer 2011. Special signed copy with every £50 spent at Tesco's. Terms and conditions apply.