Aug 17, 2014

The Night Porter by Mark Barry & Giveaway!

Set in a hotel, in November, in the fictional town of Wheatley Fields, (based on Southwell, near Nottinghamshire, deep in Sherwood Forest).

Four writers, all nominated for an upcoming awards ceremony, come to stay.

One mega successful romance author, a top US thriller writer who sells in seven figures, a beautiful young YA tyro on the brink of world wide stardom...

...and a degenerate, nasty, bitter, jealous, trollish, drunken (but brilliant), self-published contemporary fiction author.

The Night Porter is instructed by a secretive and powerful awards committee to look after their EVERY need, to ensure they make it through the two weeks to attend the ceremony. At the same time as keeping an eye on their wishes, antics, fights, relationships and never-ending ego explosions. And trying desperately to avoid getting involved himself.

It's a comedy drama about writers (and Night Porters!) with twists and turns, nooks and crannies, shadows and mirrors.

I don't think you will see an Indie published book like this anywhere in Cyberspace.
Probably not a tradpubbed one either.

It casts a sometimes shadowy light on modern publishing, the writing business - and the people in it. Writers who like to read about writers and writing will enjoy the book as will readers who enjoy innovative, clever and multi-layered fiction.

Being a night porter in a hotel like the Saladin is a serious job. Especially when four authors are staying at the hotel for two weeks and have been placed under your care. They drink heavily, they don't get along or they get on too well and they have all kinds of immediate requests. The night porter has to make sure these guests are happy, he has to treat them like they're super stars. They are there for a special award and each of them has been nominated in at least one category. Amy is a romance writer who has been broadening her horizons. Julian is an Indie author who obviously has a problem with her. Jo is sweet and angelic and she writes for young adults. Frank writes thrillers and he is a bit too close with Amy. The night porter isn't much of a reader, so he hasn't read any of their books. He forms a bond with each of his guests though, but with some he becomes more close than with others. The four authors are making it difficult for him to follow his own strict rules all the time. When the award ceremony is coming very near things are starting to get really uncomfortable. 
The Night Porter has made rules for himself. He's working seven nights a week. He lives for his job and there's no other thing he'd rather do. He's one with his job and he's keeping his professional distance from the guests. He's impeccably dressed and he's a very good listener. All of these things make him a formidable main character. The night porter is giving his own account of the events happening before the ceremony and meanwhile he's telling the stories of the four authors. They remain mysterious, but at the same time they're coming terribly close. I'm impressed with the way Mark Barry writes, his style is unique, creative, complex and still agreeable. The opinions about writing and writers made this book extremely fascinating. I loved the irony. I was curious all the time, I wanted to find out what the guests had to hide and I couldn't put this novel away until I knew. The Night Porter is an extraordinary read. I was intrigued from beginning to end. 

Four lucky winners will receive a kindle version of this book and one of them will also receive a $10 amazon gift card.


  1. Would be the inn at the elm tree in Newport or Celtic manor. Both 5 star.

  2. Nicest hotel? This is pretty hard! I guess I would have to say one in Finland, can't remember the name of it now as it was a few years ago...

  3. Nope unfortunately never been to an award ceremony

  4. I've never been to an award ceremony. The nicest hotel I ever stayed at was the New Haven Hotel in New Haven, CT. I loved it so much!

  5. The nicest hotel would be the Fairmont Hotel in Whistler.

  6. I have not been to an award ceremony.

  7. I've been to graduation ceremony 4 times where I was awarded with certificates and gifts for my effort.

  8. The nicest hotel I've ever stayed at is Amberton in Vilnius - Lithuania.

  9. Zara D. Garcia-AlvarezAugust 23, 2014 at 6:22 PM

    I loved the Rimrock Hotel in Banff. My view was a majestic mountain where I was able to wake up and do pilates in the morning! The service was wonderful and the place, just beautiful.

  10. Last year we stayed for one night in a lovely hotel in Zutphen. I remember that we had the best beds ever and I didn't want to get up, but when we did a champagne breakfast was waiting for us at the restaurant.

  11. I was quite impressed with the Crowne Plaza in Amsterdam. Very nice hotel and lovely breakfast mjum!

    I have been to the BAFTAs in London, but not inside - I was outside queuing up early with my friends to meet the stars on the red carpet ^_^ This was in 2011 :) Hopefully this will happen in 2015 again! Because it was awesome and a fantastic day out with my friends hehe


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