Peter Barns


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


Walking the Cusp
Price: Free! Words: 57,300. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
What do a con-man, and a Selkie have in common? This light hearted tale follows the adventures of two unlikely comrades as they battle to save a life.
The Gastropoda Imperative
Price: Free! Words: 60,590. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
An experiment gone wrong places everyone in danger and Conal Mitchell is tasked with clearing it up, but five years later he realises that things were not as they seemed.
Price: Free! Words: 750. Language: English. Published: February 10, 2013. Categories: Poetry » U.K. Poetry
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Tears is a collection of fourteen micropoems that have been paired with images taken from the Internet.
Burnt Toast
Price: Free! Words: 1,220. Language: English. Published: February 3, 2013. Categories: Poetry » U.K. Poetry
(2.00 from 1 review)
Burnt Toast is a collection of thirteen comic poems and a light hearted look at life in 2013. I hope you enjoy reading this collection as much as I enjoyed writing it.
Price: Free! Words: 59,220. Language: English. Published: January 29, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Ex con, Frank Collins, had a new life and a new love. Until the day his daughter's suicide brings his whole world tumbling down.
Peter's Twittclass
Price: Free! Words: 2,500. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2012. Categories: Poetry » U.K. Poetry
A selection of humorous poems for you to read while in the toilet.
Tales From The Cottage
Price: Free! Words: 14,790. Language: English. Published: June 3, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Flash fiction
Tales From The Cottage is a collection of Flash Fiction written by the author in 2012.
Cautionary Tales
Price: Free! Words: 2,670. Language: English. Published: March 13, 2012. Categories: Poetry » U.K. Poetry
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.
Hobart at Home
Price: Free! Words: 14,790. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
If you like a chuckle at people's misfortunes - you'll love Hobart at Home.
Fire Rock
Price: Free! Words: 92,300. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Boddaert's Magic portrays the unending struggle between good and evil, set in a world seldom visited by man.
Love Is
Price: Free! Words: 2,180. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2012. Categories: Poetry » U.K. Poetry
A collection of contemporary poetry and verse about love. If you're looking for inspiration you'll find it here.
Price: Free! Words: 3,350. Language: English. Published: February 24, 2012. Categories: Poetry » U.K. Poetry
A collection of contemporary poetry and verse 1970 - 2004 This work include a warning for building sites and a poem with the longest title you're ever likely to come across.
7 Days In May
Price: Free! Words: 78,570. Language: English. Published: February 23, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
(5.00 from 1 review)
How far would you go to save your family? Marine biologist, Alex Winters, is about to find out.

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Smashwords book reviews by Peter Barns

  • Hindsight 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.
  • Divine Typhoon 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.
  • Entangled 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.
  • One Deadly Sister A Women Sleuths Mystery Romance (Sandy Reid Mystery Series #1) on Sep. 04, 2013

    This was an enjoyable book and I would have given it 5 stars except for occasional head-hopping which put me off a little. However it has plenty of twists and turns and a satisfactory finish. A good start to a series. well done Rod Hoisington.
  • 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.
  • Misty Falls on Oct. 29, 2013

    A great read
  • Ash 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.