Excited! – This is an artist’s impression of what my paperback version of ‘Bad At Being Bad’ will look like when it is published.  What do you think?

The paperback will be available to purchase soon – watch this space!

The kindle version is available on AmazonImage, itunes, etc


I am pleased to announce that the paperback version of Bad At Being Bad will be released soon and will be available through Amazon – Watch this space!

My first review on Amazon.com (US) is . . . 4 stars!
Not bad for a start, check it out and buy the book at:


This is a copy of my first US Amazon.com review and I was given 4 stars by Sara Palacios

“It is authors like Mark that make me a fan of reading the “Lad Lit” genre. This book begins with Steve who really isn’t living and who spends most of his time sitting around on the couch and doing nothing. Then, out of nowhere, he ends up in unfamiliar territory and from there on, that is where the good times start. I found Steve to be odd yet very comical and I loved Mark’s witty writing and his fun play on words. I found the title to be very punny once I realized what the book was actually about. Overall though, this book is a good time and I really enjoyed it. If you are looking for a quick read with a male narrator, then this book is for you.”

Not bad eh? See and purchase it at http://www.amazon.com/Bad-At-Being-ebook/dp/B009MWXVDU/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1366384353&sr=1-1&keywords=bad+at+being+bad



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If you read just one ‘BAD’ book this year – read this one:
Bad at Being Bad – it is harder than it seems!

Buy it now at:





Scottish authors have been at the cutting edge of sub-culture urban fiction over the last 20 years.  I thought I would compile a list of the best top 5 Scottish novels of all time (not in order):

1. The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks

2. Trainspotting – Irvine Welsh

3. Sunset Song – Lewis Grassic Gibbon

4. The Cone Gatherers – Robin Jenkins

5. Set In Darkness (Inspector Rebus) – Ian Rankin

Bad at being bad by Mark Barber now only £1.75 (Kindle version)

Trainspotting - Irvine Welsh