Charles Barrow lives in the South of England. He studied English Literature and Film at University. He currently works as a tour guide, recounting tales to visitors. He enjoys writing stories for readers too. He admires John Wyndham, John Christopher and Henning Mankell for their spare prose. He grew up in the shadow of the nuclear arms race, and his formative influence was the 1975 BBC television series ‘Survivors’, set in a post-apocalyptic Britain. It's fair to say that the resulting paranoia feeds into his current fiction. But despite fearing that the Earth of the future will be far less ‘peopled’ than it currently is he remains an optimistic soul.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read a mixture of books across different genres. I enjoy classic British science fiction: H.G. Wełls, John Wyndham, John Christopher. And I try to keep up with current authors too: Hugh Howey, Justin Cronin. I also like Scandinavian crime fiction: Henning Mankell, Stieg Larsson. If I finish a book and have nothing new to hand I will reach for Agatha Christie, she is my default comfort zone.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My first was a Kobo, but since I bought an Asus tablet with the Kindle App I tend to read ebooks on that. I still prefer the feel, look and smell of a print book though, if it's not sacrilegious to say so here.
Part 2 of All the Days of John Mann. Continues the story begun in The Stolen Days of John Mann. Choke survivor John Mann and ally Gunner travel a long and treacherous road in their search for David and revenge on the traffickers who took him. Can they outrun the unseen net that tightens around them? Danger, betrayal and death are the common coin, Mann's ability to kill or cure the ultimate prize.
Part 1 of All The Days of John Mann. Long years after the virus made the leap, Choke survivor John Mann vows to track a taken boy whilst he himself is hunted by those who would use him, either as source for a vaccine, or as weapon.