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. 

Tour Bus for The Ascent of Isaac Steward

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Photo credit: Andy Hares

Got a box of 50 of my books this week - very exciting ...

Other news: I will be doing a signing at waterstones in Milton Keynes after the summer and I'm chatting with WH Smiths in Luton about stocking my novel. I also dropped into a delightful new book shop called Roden's Books in Barton-le-Clay in Bedfordshire this morning who are having a grand opening this weekend with West End actress, Mandy Holliday,  appearimg as Elizabeth Barrow Dickens ( in Victorian costume ). Throughout the day she will wander the shopping village, culminating in two performances of readings from Edward Lear, Lewis Carroll and Charles Dickens. See their site here. Watch out for my novel on their shelves soon and my face at Rodens later in the year when I'll do a reading or stand on my head - or well whatever pulls the punters in! Perhaps I'll do a reading whilst standing on my head!

My publisher also sent a batch of books off to reviewers who've said their review it.  Gulp.  I might hide behind the sofa.