Sunday, 30 December 2018

Smashwords end of year digital book sale is now on.

Thousands of books are FREE, half price or less, including many Barnaby Wilde titles.

The sale runs until Jan 1st.

You can visit Barnaby's Smashwords page here

Or find out about more of Barnaby's books on his website here

Out of Time by [Wilde, Barnaby]

Out of Time is now available at Amazon  here for just 99p  Amazing!

Monday, 26 November 2018

Out of Time

New Barnaby Wilde Time Travel novel 'Out of Time' published at Smashwords today.

A chase through time as two men’s lives become inextricably linked when their time lines get entangled

The ubiquitous ATM hides a little known secret. For a select few, with the correct plastic card, not only will they dispense cash, but also enable time travel forward or backward along your personal timeline. But what happens if you use someone else's card?
Out of Time illustrates the perils of Time Travel as two men's lives become inextricably linked when their time lines get entangled.

A gentle romp through the paradox and hazard of messing with time.

Friday, 31 July 2015

Have you discovered TAT?

TAT, or The Australia Times, is an online series of e-magazines on just about every topic you can think of. And it's FREE!

And, no, you don't have to be Australian to enjoy it. Just interested.

Magazine titles include Poetry, Antiques, Beauty, History, Kids, Film, Fiction, Theatre, Sport, Science, Travel etc etc etc. There were at least 48 magazine titles when Barnaby last counted, with more being added all the time.

And why is Barnaby promoting TAT? Because it's an amazing resource and also because they've been kind enough to publish some of his poems and short stories. (You can find two of Barnaby's poems in this month's poetry magazine here ).

Why don't you search out some TAT for yourself? It's FREE. You can find links to all the magazines here

And if that isn't enough, you can find links to all Barnaby's stories and poems at and some of those are FREE too.

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Goodreads poetry winner

Barnaby was surprised and delighted when his poem 'Under the Table' was chosen as a finalist in the monthly poetry competition hosted by Goodreads. He was even more surprised and delighted when the poem received the highest number of votes. It's a true story.

Under the table

There’s a sort of springy wire underneath my dining table,
That’s in a kind of runner down each side.
It should go round a pulley thing in order to enable,
Each of the extending leaves to smoothly slide.
But I think the springy wire must have fallen off the pulley
As the metal slider thingy doesn’t work.
Instead of sliding smoothly it no longer opens fully,
It just judders to a stop in little jerks.

So now I’m lying on my back underneath the dining table,
Trying to work out what’s gone amiss.
But the metal covered runner thing that holds the springy cable,
Is preventing me from seeing what it is.
I prod it with my finger and I pull the springy cable,
But I can’t see far enough along the track.
And the rail that runs from end to end that’s underneath the table,
Is digging rather sharply in my back.

I think that maybe if I took off both the wooden sliding panels,
I could re-attach the wire thing again.
As long as I could poke it back along the metal channel,
I might hook it round the pulley with my pen.
But, is it really worth it?  I can feel my will desert me,
When I see it’s held each side by seven screws.
That’s twenty eight in total just to get the beggar free,
And twenty eight to put back in once it’s been loosed.

Thirty minutes later and I’ve unscrewed twenty seven,
But the last one’s gone and got a busted head.
I wish I hadn’t started and I’ve lost the will for living,
But eventually I free the broken thread.
Now I’m studying the cable that’s fallen off the pulley,
And I’m blowed if I can see what holds it on.
But I poke it down the channel and I hook it back on fully,
Can’t help thinking that it won’t stay there for long.

Now if you think it wasn’t easy taking out the bloody screws,
It’s ten times harder getting them to go back in.
Because gravity’s against me and I’m really not amused,
Indeed my patience now is wearing rather thin.
But, finally I’m finished and that springy wire cable,
Is back around the pulley wheel again.
However, when I pull the leaf out to extend the flipping table,
Nothing happens to the one the other end.

So, was it all a waste of time dismantling the slider thing,
Two hours discomfort lying on my back?
Well, there is a tiny benefit from all that disassembling
No wire now hanging down beneath the track.
And the other little consequence of this minute adventure,
Is that I went out and wrote this little song.
So if you’re feeling musical, while I have your attention,
Why don’t you clear your throat and sing along …

…There’s a sort of springy wire underneath my dining table, …
  Barnaby Wilde (November 2008)

You can find this poem and many others in Barnaby's collection 'Tunnel Vision' here

You can read all the finalists poems here

For more information about Barnaby's poems and fiction visit

Thursday, 2 April 2015

To swear or not to swear. The Clean Reader debate.

The following article is copied from the Smashwords website, written by Mark Coker (Smashwords founder)

March 25, 2015 - There's been a lot of debate in the blogosphere in recent days about a new e-reading app called Clean Reader, which can be downloaded from the app stores of iTunes and Google Play.  The app's default setting automatically identifies and blocks words it considers profane, and if the reader asks for a substitute word one is provided.  But the substitute word is not the author's word.  The app is powered by Smashwords partner Page Foundry in the sense it leverages the PageFoundry catalog of books and underlying app technology, but it is not owned by Page Foundry.  Last week I was surprised to learn that Smashwords books were included in the app.  After a few days of careful consideration, today I requested that all Smashwords titles be removed from Clean Reader.  Under the terms of our agreement with all retailers, retailers don't have permission to alter the words of our books.  In my judgement, by shielding readers from words, it represents a change to the book that neither Smashwords nor our authors have authorized.  Page Foundry responded immediately to my request and agreed to remove our books from the Clean Reader app in the next few hours.    Various interesting articles have been written on Clean Reader debate.  Check out Charlie Stross here, Cory Doctorow here and Joanne Harris here or Google "Clean Reader" for more.  Mark Coker's (Founder of Smashwords) view:  Although I'm generally supportive of innovations that make books more accessible to new audiences, and I can see some potentially useful application in terms of shielding children from inappropriate content, I think Clean Reader is a step in the wrong direction.  Books are works of art, and the art is manifested by the author's word choice.  You can't block, change or censor words without changing the book.  I also think such an app is counter to the best interests of book culture.  Books should be judged, celebrated and debated in their naked glory as their creators intended.  The sanitization of books IMHO leads to greater ignorance and intolerance in the world. Books don't need sanitization when proper categorization and honest book descriptions will do the trick.


Barnaby's View: You won't find a whole lot of profanity in Barnaby's books, but the odd swear word might creep in now and again if it is consistent with the character from whose mouth it issues. If that is the case, then it's there for a purpose and Barnaby would prefer that it's not artificially substitured by an  app over which he has no control.

Why not pop over to and take a look at Barnaby's books for yourself?

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.