I’m pleased to be taking part in the Book Blitz for When the Children Come by Barry Kirwan.
About When the Children Come
Nathan, emotionally scarred after three tours in Afghanistan, lives alone in Manhattan until New Year’s
Eve, when he meets Lara. The next morning, he notices something strange is going on – a terrified kid is being pursued by his father, and a girl, Sally, pleads with Nathan to hide her from her parents. There is
no internet, no television, no phone coverage.
Nathan, Lara and Sally flee along the East Coast, encountering madmen, terrorists, the armed forces,
and other children frightened for their lives. The only thing Nathan knows for sure is that he must not fall asleep…
“A fantastic and original premise…flashes of Stephen King and MR Carey.” Tom Witcomb
“A nicely taut thriller, with a Lee Child feel to its staccato writing and strong action sequences, and a high-concept stretching the novel into true science fiction territory.” Amanda Rutter
“Not just a page-turner – all in all a fabulous novel, which I was sad to finish.” Loulou Brown
About the author
I was born in Farnborough and grew up watching the Red Arrow jet fighters paint the sky
at airshows. I didn’t get into writing until years later when I arrived in Paris, where I penned The Eden
Paradox series (four books) over a period of ten years. My SF influences were Isaac Asimov, Arthur C.
Clarke, Frank Herbert, and Orson Scott Card, but also David Brin who writes about smart aliens. Iain
Banks and Alistair Reynolds remain major influences, as well as Neal Asher, Peter F Hamilton and Jack
My main SF premise is that if we do ever meet aliens, they’ll probably be far more intelligent than we are,
and with very different values and ideas of how the galaxy works. As a psychologist by training, that interests me in terms of how to think outside our own (human) frame of reference.
When I’m not writing, I’m either working (my day job), which is preventing mid-air collisions, reading, or
doing yoga or tai chi. When I’m on holiday I’m usually diving, looking for sharks. Most times I find them,
or rather, they find me.