Author - Poet - Versifier
Born in Harlsden on the outskirts of London in 1943, Peter Barns spent his formative years living beside Regent's Park.
Educated at a Secondary Modern school, he left with just one qualification in 'O' Level Art.
Passing through a variety of occupations after leaving school, he finally ended up working in the construction industry as an electrician. After taking his City & Guilds, he became an electrical engineer and spent the next twenty years working on building sites. Somewhere in there he got married and divorced - a couple of times - and had two children.
He moved to the Highlands of Scotland in the late 1980's along with his partner. With the move came a new occupation - counselling people with alcohol and drug problems - which he did for six years before managing a charitable company recycling redundant computers back into the community.
Now retired he spends his time writing, and refurbishing houses.
I love my mind: it takes me to fabulous places where strange creatures roam. A land unseen and unexplored. A visage reflecting the faces I've seen, the words I've heard and dreams yet to come.
Peter Barns 2014
Cautionary Tales is a collection of 25 poems with a message in mind: if you're not careful, bad things can happen to you. The poems take a dark look at such varied subjects as picking your nose, baking bread, and touch-typing while wearing your girlfriend's basque.
on July 28, 2012
As always, a great and humorous read.
on Aug. 11, 2013
A great story told well. If the internal thoughts of the two main characters hadn't been so repetitive in places I would have awarded this novel five stars.
Portrait of Conspiracy
on Aug. 13, 2013
Afraid I have to agree with Nora Lee regarding the editing of this work. However, if you can get passed this shortcoming it is rather a good novel.
on Aug. 30, 2013
A must read for those who like action packed novels
Clive Ash's well written novel held my attention from the first paragraph. The characters were well rounded and came alive for me, especially in the historical scenes. The plot had the usual twists and turns but what really made this novel for me was the obvious research that had been carried out in writing it. So much so in fact that I was almost tempted to ignore the main plot and concentrate on the back story. Well done Clive Ash, looking forward to reading more of your work.
on Sep. 02, 2013
Once again Clive Ash has produced a thriller that is full of action with a good twist and unusual plot line. I would have given it five stars but for the fact that, for me, it was a little heavy on some descriptive passages. But don't let that put you off, they can be easily skipped through if, like me, you want action, action, action. Let's see some more as soon as possible please.
The Planner 9/11
on Sep. 09, 2013
Unfortunately this novel did not work for me.
The format used (constant references) were distracting for a novel and this work was obviously not meant to be a factual reference to events as they occurred at the time. It would have been far better to put this information as an authors note at the end, along with a lot of the information dumps used throughout the story line.
Added to this was the poor writing style used, which is a shame because this could have been such a good novel with a unique plot.
If the author takes the trouble to give this work an in-depth rewrite he just might have a hit on his hands.
on June 21, 2015
Yes I really enjoyed this novel. Ash Benson is a good main character supported by the usual tough partner and a sassy girl. The story is not a new one but delivered with a well thought out series of events. And its free! What more do you want - download it now.