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A coffee-guzzling journalist turned novelist and occasional poet.

Background Information

Mark isn't so much motivated to write as compelled and this compulsion, or obsession, has seen him craft four novels to date as well as a good many short stories. The latter have appeared in a number of small press magazines over the years, as well as a couple of anthologies, but for all that he concedes that in his writing life at least, he is still looking for that 'big break'.Literature, like life, is very much a work in progress. Born and bred in Bradford, West Yorkshire, Mark currently lives in Stoke-on-Trent. He went to the University of Liverpool, where he gained his first degree in politics, before he then took himself off to London to train as a journalist at the City University. Since then he’s had several routine media jobs, but embellished these with some unusual, if not outright unreal, freelance and voluntary endeavours. He currently works in Manchester.




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Stoke-on-Trent,  UK
Additional Information

Mark Cantrell is the author of the hard-hitting novel Citizen Zero, published as an ebook for a range of popular reading devices. The novel presents a chilling portrait of a ‘Broken Britain’ forged in our age of austerity. On the surface, it’s a prosperous and stable society, but it is built on a bitter divide between rich and poor, policed by the stern forces of a dictatorial government. Citizen Zero depicts a fragile world, teetering on the brink, and all it needs is the right push to tip it into chaos... A dystopian satire, it combines the social conscience of The Boys From The Black Stuff with the techno-conspiracy of The Matrix and the explosive subversion of V for Vendetta to create a powerful warning about the potentially catastrophic consequences facing any society that abandons social justice. This is fiction with a thought-provoking message, unashamedly following in Orwell’s wake.

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The Word On The Wall
News, links and writing by Mark Cantrell. An eclectic mix of fiction, journalism, poetry and straight pontificating about the world.

Books by Mark
News, information, links and background about Mark's published books, anthologies and pamphlets.

Citizen Zero Website
A single source for information, news, links and background information for this hard-hitting science fiction thriller and political satire.

Mark On Facebook
Profile on Facebook.

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