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Michael's Background

Michael Barrington was born in Manchester, England and spent his teenage years in a ‘not Harry Potter like’ boarding school in the Lake District. He joined a French Order of Missionary priests, and spent ten years in West Africa, three of them during a civil war when he was stood up to be shot. He lived for a year as a hermit in Northern Ireland, followed by six years in Scotland the director a retreat center. After a year teaching in Spain, he was assigned as rector of an international seminary in Puerto Rico. He now lives near San Francisco. As a member of Rotary International he flies all over the world monitoring and evaluating humanitarian projects and has worked in more than 30 countries. He is completely fluent in several languages, is an avid golfer and academically has three Masters’ Degrees and a Ph.D. On his bucket list is to pilot a helicopter, become fluent in Arabic and spend a week’s retreat at Tamanrasset in the Sahara Desert, and of course write an international best seller.

The Bishop Wears No Drawers is a memoir of ten years as a missionary in Africa three of them during a civil war when he was stood up to be shot. 

Let the Peacock Sing is a historical/literary/action novel set during the French Resistance World War II. 

Becoming Anya, follows the romantic lives of a nun and an Italian/Swiss doctor set in Nigeria and Switzerland.

The Ethiopian Affair is an international thriller involving the CIA, M16, NISS and Somali pirates. 

The Baron of Bengal Street, The Making of an Irish Innkeeper, is set in Manchester, England. How an immigrant rose from nothing to becoming a ‘gentleman.’

No Room for Heroes, is a historical novel about the French Resistance in World War II and the major confrontation with the Germans at the historic Battle of the Vercors. 

Magic at Stonehenge is a collection of 42 short stories. ”You can enjoy all of them in the time it takes to enjoy a cup of coffee or a late afternoon cocktail.”

Take a Priest Like You (April 2024) Identified from birth as “the next priest in the family,”  Michael’s struggles with his vocation and finally leaves the priesthood. His own story.

Labyrinth (Dec 2024) is a forthcoming literary novel combining five separate stories. 


He is married to a beautiful French lady, Annie Jacquemet, an accomplished painter who designs most of his book covers. They live near San Francisco with their rescued and spoiled Tibetan terrier, Cezanne.


Michael is an experienced public speaker with more than thirty years of experience. He is available for large and small groups via Zoom or in person and loves to meet with Book Clubs:

M. Barrington

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