Celebrated. Acclaimed. Legendary. Illustrious. Popular. Notorious. Recognised. Renowned. Successful. Eminent. Prominent. Excellent. Having kudos. Being a star.
Dead. Deposed. Disgraced. Immoral. Lost. Ousted. Shamed. Sinful. Slain.
A famous or brilliant person. A principal or prominent performer.
Humour, combined with adventitious events, engaging characters and artfully shrewd perceptions, endorse the splendid line by Russell Baker in the New York Times, ‘Live by publicity, you will probably die by publicity’.
Born in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, Ian Barker grew up in north-east England and gained a business degree from Teesside Polytechnic in the early ’80s.
In the ‘real world’ he is editor of a computer magazine and has spent over twenty five years working in information technology. He currently lives in Bolton, Greater Manchester and doesn’t own a dishwasher.
Over the years Ian has produced lots of comic verse, for things like office Christmas cards, most of which is collected on his website.
In the mid ’90s he made regular contributions to Martin Kelner for a late night show on BBC radio in northern England. Moving to the north-west in 1996, he continued to contribute items to Martin’s Manchester based Jazz FM breakfast show; again some of this material is on his website.
His first cash-in-the-
Since then he has gone on to write topical comedy sketches for BBC Radio’s The News Huddlines, and has had short stories published in Evergreen magazine, and in the WritersNet Anthology. He has stories published online in the e-zines Starving Arts and Crime Scene Scotland plus a co-written story on Admit Two. In his day job he is editor of PC Utilities magazine and a regular contributor to sister publications.
Praise for Fallen Star
Ian Barker's protagonist could be Fielding's Tom Jones redrawn in a sly dig at the sleb-crazy twenty-first century. FALLEN STAR is a witty and accomplished debut. Watch out Tony Parsons and Nick Hornby. - Eliza Graham, author Playing with the Moon
Ian is one of those rare guys who contributes quality comic material to radio shows for little reward bar the occasional competition prize of a free CD. Without chaps like Ian, chaps like Terry Wogan would not be able to own several acres of prime real estate in rural Berkshire. I never quite managed to build a lucrative career out of Ian's material, but I always laughed like a drain. He is a spiffing writer, and hopefully he will not have to wait to get his reward in heaven. If there is any justice it will arrive as a result of this novel. - Martin Kelner, writer and broadcaster - author of When Will I be Famous?
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