John Barber, Author
John Barber’s novels are set in fictional English towns where sexual intrigue and
political in-fighting is rife beneath a pleasant, small town veneer of respectability.
They fall within the cozy, traditional British detective sections of mystery fiction.
He has been writing professionally since 1996 when he began to contribute articles
to magazines on social and local history. His first published book in 2002 was a
non-fiction work entitled The Camden Town Murder which investigated a famous murder
mystery of 1907 and names the killer. This is still available in softback and as
John Barber had careers in Advertising, International Banking and the Wine Industry
before becoming Town Centre Manager in his home town of Hertford. He is now retired
and lives with his wife and two cats on an island in the middle of Hertford and spends
his time between local community projects and writing further novels.
His novels and other books are published through Smashwords and the full text of
his interview with them outlining his background, literary influences and published
works can be found here.
The personal information below is reprinted from the Hertfordshire Mercury of December
7 2007 as part of a series of interviews with local celebrities: 'Getting To Know
Name: John Barber
Age: Just collected my bus pass
Where are you from? Folly Island.
Job? Hertford town centre manager
Film? I have two favourite films, the first is The Terminator and the second is the
original Goodbye Mr Chips with Robert Donat and Greer Garson. The Terminator has
great special effects and had a big impact at the time it came out.
Book? Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K Jerome and Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy
by Lawrence Stem. I like the Jerome K Jerome novel because of its understated English
Food? Any type of curry
TV Programme? Spooks
Song? I like the entire Bat Out Of Hell album by Meatloaf.
Claim to fame? While I was researching an article a few years ago, I needed some
information about an old music hall memory act called Leslie Welch. I contacted
Bob Monkhouse through his agent. One Saturday afternoon the phone rang and it was
Bob calling from his holiday home in the Bahamas. He stayed on the phone to me for
half an hour and I finished the article on time.
What famous person would you like to be stuck on a desert island with?
Becky Mantin, the ITV weather girl on the grounds that there is no better place to
be with a pretty girl.
VIEWS ON HERTFORD
What does It need? A cinema
What would you change? Nothing, I like it as it is
Favourite pub/bar/restaurant? The Old Barge on Folly Island, the White Horse in Castle
Street and the Salisbury Arms in Fore Street.
Favourite place? Folly Island.
Where do you like to shop? Waitrose in Hertford
Best thing? After doing this job for seven years, I would have to say the people