Mark Binmore (born 1971) is a British novelist, author of 'Now Is Not The Time For Trumpets' 'Beautiful Deconstruction' 'Take Down The Flags' and many other books. In 2015 Mark was ranked one of Britain's 100 new influential LGBTQ writers. It was declared that 'he is widely regarded as one of Britain's most promising novelists, quite regardless of sexuality'.
Mark was the subject of 'Tour De Europa' (2015) a book by Chris Henson who shadowed Mark on his book tour and wrote an observational account of a new author on the road. A second book 'Versus America' (2016) also by Chris Henson documented Mark as he travelled across America for promotion describing what it is to be an author today.
He is published in Great Britain by Kindlight, in the United States by Globe, with various independent publishers throughout Europe. 'Beautiful Deconstruction' was recently translated into five languages and has won three international book awards.
“It’s not really like that,” says Mark, dressed in a pair of 1980s throwback ripped jeans, retro trainers and a tight fitting top, who this afternoon is plonked on a sofa in a compact yet discreetly well-appointed PR studio in creative Soho London. “I guess I write as two different people and as in life that could be me. Sometimes I am always on the go, always got something in the diary, whereas other times I’m content to just cook something simple and watch television. But when it comes to writing, I like a bit of everything, it’s like my music tastes. I’m happy to be listening to electronic beats as I am listening to Dusty Springfield tearing her heart out.”
Mark Binmore has been boxed and packaged in shiny paper with little ribbons on top, it seems. Safe, but 'odd' enough to let the purchaser feel outrageous displaying it on the coffee table. Well, let's see. If you profess to like modern writing which is breaking down fences and capturing true emotion, Mark Binmore has just as much right to be there with whomever you care to name. A different field, yeah, but he's capable of moments of heart-stopping passion, breath-taking drama and beauty. He's also very honest. The characters he writes about might be put on, but that's it.
There've been many books with lush sounding cinematic titles: Hounds Of Winter, Soon Before The Sun, A Life Of Parties and Nemesis, which sees Mark go back, appear starker, stretched out, and covering a wider range of subjects, but mainly on a general loose theme of journeys, relationships and a glimpse at the past (“I can’t put this day out of mind, just like a sorta fairytale with you, those things you said that day up on the elevated M,”) before stepping forward. His own nemesis perhaps. We talk for over 90 minutes, touching all manner of subjects in an enthusiastic flow. Quite deep at times, "It's like two psychiatrists talking," he murmurs after. I left impressed with his honesty and sense of awe, which, in the wrong hands, could be the reasons detractors have a field day.