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. 

Underground Rivers Book Launch

Had a wonderful time on Friday at the launch of The Luton Writers' group's book Underground Rivers.

The library was packed out with over 80 people and we sold out of the book.

All the elements that we had planned fell into place with artwork from Ben Hodson on display, videos, readings, a whole table full of food, drinks and a signing session towards the end of the evening.

And I think watching all the authors in the book sitting at a signing table was my favourite part - that and just the positive atmosphere - the whole thing was just so inspiring.

And all by the skin of our teeth - at 8AM on the Friday morning we had no books for the launch as the order the library had placed for 50 hadn't shown up!  However breakfast brought one from Amazon with a knock on the door - then Andrews UK, the publisher, phoned to say that the order (that wasn't due until Monday ) had arrived early - then another two from Amazon and then finally discovering an extra 6 books in the box of books from Andrews!