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. 

World Book Night and TVFH at The Big Book Quiz

Earlier this month I got the email ...


We are delighted to inform you that your application to be one of the 20,000 givers on the first World Book Night has been successful. The book which you are going to be sent 48 copies of is The Reluctant Fundamentalist.

Now normally when I get an email that starts off with Congratulations my SPAM filter kills it - but somehow it got through and after 4 attempts at putting I wanted to pick them up from my local library ( They had a few glitches in the process for a while ) I'm all set to give them out at The Big Book Quiz that my library is hosting on the night.

World Book Night, if you're in the world of books in the UK and have been living under a rock, is explained at their site here and is on March 5th.

I reviewed the book here a few years ago at The View From Here and am looking forward to giving them out with the help of my good mate Jane Turley from The View From Here.

I asked Mohsin about how he felt about being one of the authors on the list for World Book Night and he said,  

"Having first been given many of my most-loved books as gifts, I instinctively like what World Book Night is trying to do. And it's an honor to be chosen alongside some of my favorite living authors."
Mohsin Hamid

And details of The Big Book Quiz at the library where I'll be giving out Mohsin's books and also the captain of a team of four ( inc Jane Turley & Charlie Wykes ),  on a The View From Here team taking part in the quiz : 

Do you know your Enid Blyton from your Ed McBain?

To celebrate the first World Book Night on Saturday 5th March, Luton Libraries is hosting a fun quiz based on books and reading and we’d love you to join us.

The evening kicks off at 7.30pm in the Library Theatre, with teams battling to become Luton’s Big Book Quiz champions.

Be part of the audience and see if you can answer the questions quicker than the teams! As a bonus, in the interval, you can pick up a free book from one of our Book Givers