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. 

Book Addicts: Wigmore Book Group

'We're investigating things - have you any idea why a raven is like a writing desk?"

Had a fun evening last Thursday at Book Addicts: a book group at Wigmore library in Luton.  The Ascent of Isaac Steward was on the menu together with tea, coffee and biscuits - writing is so rock 'n' roll !

It was the first time I've been invited to a book group and enjoyed answering questions like, Did I hate Punch & Judy? How can a lawnmower made out of cakes work? Have you any idea why a raven is like a writing desk?

Was surprised that it is the only evening bookgroup in Luton -  on the radar anyway. With a population of around 240 thousand in the area you'd think they'd be quite a few.  Perhaps they're all meeting in secret in the woods reading Lewis Carroll books.

Picture credit: Caroline