Michael Barrington was born in Manchester, England and spent his teen age years at a boarding school in the Lake District. After living in France, he joined a French Order of Missionary priests, and spent ten years in West Africa, several of them during a civil war when he was stood up to be shot. On his return to the UK, he spent a year living as a hermit in Northern Ireland. After teaching in Madrid, Spain for a year he taught for four years in Puerto Rico and directed an international student program in Latin America. Emigrating to the United States, 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 he 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.
He has always been a writer. His first book, The Bishop Wears No Drawers (2016) is a memoir of ten years spent in Africa, some of it during a civil war. His book Let the Peacock Sing (2020) is an historical novel set against the backdrop of the French Resistance during World War II. Becoming Anya, is a coming of age and romance story set in Nigeria and Switzerland (2021) and his novel The Ethiopian Affair is an international thriller (May 2022). In January 2023 he published The Baron of Bengal Street, set in Manchester, England, The making of an Irish Inn Keeper, is based in the life of his grandfather. His latest novel, August 2023, No Room for Heroes, is a historical novel about the French underground in World War II and the Battle of the Vercors. He is currently working on a novel in which four separate stories intersect.
Michael has written more than thirty stories, both fiction and non-fiction which have been published both in the USA and UK.
He is married to a beautiful French lady, Annie Jacquemet, who after a successful career as a psychotherapist is now an accomplished painter in oils. They live together with their rescued 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.