Monday, 9 March 2015

New Collection - Barnaby's Shorts #10

Just published on Smashwords is the latest compilation of short stories in the series Barnaby's Shorts.

Volume 10 contains two new stories from the Vertigo Labs. In Amazonia, Jepherson Thomas builds an origami boat big enough to float a child, until things go wrong. In 'Another Ratt Tale' Dr Ratt reappears five years after disappearing half way through a magic act.

Emily has more problems with 'Grow your own man beans' in 'The Fab Aces' and 'Spider'.

The Women Furies quiz team from the Poachers Inn catch a ghost in 'Things that go bump in the night'.

Romance, Sci fi, humour and even a fairy tale in this new collection of coffee break sized stories.

How does a six foot ten inch tall Princess find the Prince of her dreams? How do you end up in a Shopping Mall five miles away when you step onto a ladder in the loft of your own house? How does a tongue tied young man finally meet the girl of his dreams?

Answers to all these questions and more in Barnaby's Shorts (volume ten)

You can find the new collection to sample or download in all ebook formats here

All Barnaby's other titles are available here, including the first nine volumes of the Barnaby's Shorts collections.

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Sale Time Again - Read an ebook week - FREE books! - Reduced books!

Read an e-book week runs from March 1 - 7 2015. It's your chance to download any Barnaby Wilde title, in any format, for bargain prices. Some books are FREE, many are 50% off (see below for examples).

Free titles

 Barnaby's Shorts - coffee break sized stories in a wide variety of genres

Quirky Verse for those with a sense of humour

Volume 1 of the Tom Fletcher Stories
Flowers for Mercedes - Volume 1 of the Mercedes Drew Mysteries
50% discounted titles

 Go to for details of these books and more,  including download instructions for any kind of reading device (e-reader, smartphone, tablet, PC etc)

Thursday, 12 February 2015

LOVE a new anthology of short stories by Barnaby Wilde

New collection 'LOVE' now available for download at Amazon for Kindle. You can download a version in any ebook format from Smashwords.

Ten tales about love, romance, meetings and partings. Gentle humour, a touch of pathos, and just a little wishful thinking.

You can still find all Barnaby's other titles at

Go on. You know you want to.

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Recent New Titles from Barnaby Wilde

  Recent titles from Barnaby Wilde include three collections of short stories. Stories to read with your coffee, on the train, in the bath, or on the beach.

Vertigo -- The collected stories from the Vertigo Research Labs.

How can stairs stop working, when up becomes down? Can something be bigger on the inside than it is on the outside? Jepherson Thomas, janitor at the Vertigo labs, tells all in eleven humorous stories from the world's most unlikely research establishment.     Sample or Download here

Review by: Elizabeth Rowan Keith  (Jan 2015) *****                       
            'Barnaby Wilde makes me think. And I have fun doing it.' 

Chameleons -- A woman dreams of chameleons every night; a man in an orange jumpsuit finds himself marooned on a featureless plain; the first confirmed message from an extra terrestrial source; a cube with a mind of it's own and a bored space explorer all feature in this collection of eleven sci fi short stories in the old style.

No magic, no wizards, no warlocks, no werewolves and not a vampire in sight.

Sample or Download here

Barnaby's Shorts (volume 9) --  Ten tales which are just the right length to read in your coffee break, in the bath, or in bed. Emily finally finds a real man in 'The Problem with Beans', The Poacher's Inn quiz team discuss the finer points of cycling in 'The Dandy Horse' and there is another tale from the Vertigo labs in 'Whichcraft'. Humour, mystery, sci fi, romance and more in this new collection.     Sample or Download here
Review by: Tracey Howard on Oct. 27, 2014 : *****
 'an excellent collection of short stories that will leave you, in turns, feeling nostalgic, puzzled, delighted, sometimes even baffled'

You can find all Barnaby's ebooks and print books by visiting or follow on Twitter for news of new books and special offers @barnaby_wilde

Saturday, 17 January 2015


If you're spent out after Xmas and January Sales, here are a few ideas that won't cost you a penny.

There are two recent editions of The Australian Times Poetry Magazine which can be downloaded for FREE. Both contain a wide variety of poetry from home and abroad to suit all tastes.

You can find the two online magazines here and here

The following books are available as FREE downloads from Barnaby Wilde Keep Thinking it's Tuesday, volume one of the Tom Fletcher novels.

Tom Fletcher sometimes sees people as donuts and uses Exchange and Mart as his guide through a life populated by topless dancers and hippopotami. Frogs, pizzas, water beds, pygmies, licorice flavoured condoms and an ostrich all have key parts to play in this murder mystery; or perhaps it's a love story; or is it just a tale about a man who doesn't own a decent jacket? … and who is Geoffrey?

 Animalia  Quirky verses with a loosely animal related theme, including armadillos, camels, stick insects, elephants and dodos, but not necessarily in that order.

 Flowers for Mercedes  A girl on a motorbike, a hit and run, a detective called Flowers, a warehouse robbery, a train derailment, a missing cat, arson, kidnap and more in three complete stories about Mercedes Drew which, together, form the first part of the Mercedes Drew mysteries.                                                 
Will Mercedes Drew ever find true love? Will Detective Inspector Flowers solve the mystery of the missing cat? Who is stealing the covers off the drains? Why won't Mr Chatterjee say who set fire to his restaurant? Who is Dogtooth? Where is the lead from St Stephen's Church roof?
Answers to these questions and more in Flowers for Mercedes (volume one)

Barnaby's Shorts (volume 1)  Ten short stories, including The Monkey Faced Boy, The Holey Oak, The Accidental Bank Job, The Horse that ran with the Wind and others. A mixed bag of tales ideal for reading on a plane or in a train. Gentle humour, a touch or sci fi, and a twist at the end.

You can find all Barnaby's other books at

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Vertigo - tales from the Vertigo Research Labs

A NEW COLLECTION of Barnaby Wilde short stories is now available as an ebook download in the format of your choice.

Eleven collected stories from the improbable Vertigo Research Labs.

 How can stairs stop working, when up becomes down? Can something be bigger on the inside than it is on the outside?

 Jepherson Thomas, janitor at the Vertigo labs, tells all in these humorous stories from the world's most unlikely research establishment.

Which duplicate Director is the original and which is the copy? How not to make an invisibility cloak, and what happens when funding is withdrawn?

You can sample the book or download the whole volume at Amazon (for Kindle) or Smashwords (for other e-readers)

You can also find out about Barnaby Wilde's other book titles at and follow him on Twitter @barnaby_wilde

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Barnaby thinks about hair

Once upon a time, Barnaby had a full head of hair. Like anyone else, he took it for granted. Washed it, combed it, moaned about it when it needed cutting and mostly forgot about it. It's clear from his profile photo, though, that this was some time ago. Although this may be seen by some as a disadvantage, Barnaby has been pondering the potential advantages to the world that might arise if everyone was bald.
Reduced pollution from shampoos and conditioners. Reduced heating costs from shorter shower times. Reduced power requirement and capital expenditure saving from non usage of hairdryers. Cost saving from not having to visit hairdresser. Time saving from not having to groom each day. All in all, there seem to be significant advantages.
There is a downside, of course. Loss of revenue for shampoo and hairdryer manufacturers. Unemployment for hairdressers (though perhaps they could retrain as tattoo artists, since there will now be more exposed skin to decorate?) Possible requirement to purchase more hats.
Barnaby has to acknowledge that there are a couple of potential benefits of having hair that are not necessarily obvious to those who are thus adorned. Rather like a cat's whiskers, hair can give an early warning of impending collision with low obstacles, such as lintels. Failing that, it does offer some protection in the event of impact.
It has to be said, however, that Barnaby has not found it particularly a disadvantage to lose his hair, (though some think it makes him look older)
At a personal level, Barnaby has discovered one advantage of being uncovered on top. He is always the first to notice that it has begun to rain.
He would also like to remind people, that while there may, or may not be, snow on the roof, there is still a fire in the cellar.

You can find more about Barnaby and his books at