Liam Barnes


Liam Barnes was born and raised in Haverfordwest, the sprawling central metropolis of Pembrokeshire, in 1987. After a few detours in Lancashire and New Zealand, in 2006 he skipped over the border into England and studied Classics and Ancient History at the University of Manchester, graduating conveniently into a lovely recession. A couple of years of scraping coins together followed before he coughed up and trained as a journalist, and after a few more odd jobs and an extensive tour of the UK looking for work, he finally landed a reporter job on a policing magazine in 2012.

Currently living with his jacket in Stoke-on-Trent, Liam is working hard on one of the UK's leading local newspapers, but still has the notes for a number of other side-projects that probably won’t come off. When not idly planning other interesting things to do, he can also be seen wandering about, heard complaining about the fortunes of Aston Villa Football Club or caught listening to far too much progressive rock.

Press clippings for The Angle:

Smashwords Interview

What's the story behind your latest book?
The Angle is about a young journalist, Chris Young, in the early stages of his career, and acts as a comment on parts of the modern British media industry (specifically different ends of the print spectrum). It’s made up of a series of blog-like chapters from Chris at key stages in his professional life, which tie in with when he comes into contact with Yasmin O’Leary, a singer he slowly becomes distracted by.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I’m from Haverfordwest, the main town in Pembrokeshire in south west Wales – it’s a peninsular on a peninsular in effect, and though we have lots of tourists come to enjoy our wonderful beaches it’s pretty rural and removed, from both a Welsh and UK point of view. Other than a short spell in New Zealand this is where I was born and raised, and the geographical dislocation/isolation probably plays a bit of a part in The Angle, as provincialism, (thwarted) ambition and loneliness are running themes, but whether it’s a more lasting impact will have to wait until I get round to doing a few more works.
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Where to find Liam Barnes online

Twitter: @LiamapBarnes


The Angle
Price: $2.49 USD. Words: 56,240. Language: English. Published: June 16, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
A devastating depiction of the isolation, entitlement, myopia and unprofitable pursuits plaguing the press, from its lowest unpaid roots to the hack kings of the column, The Angle examines the perilous place of news in the digital age, mixing biting humour with jaundiced yellow journalism in a colourful catalogue of a young man’s decline from eager cub reporter to long-in-the-tooth newshounds.

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