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320 Pages, 5.25 x 8

Trade Paper, $16.99 (US $16.99) (CA $22.99)

Publication Date: January 2019

ISBN 9781947886025

Rights: US & CA

Fish Out of Water Books (Jan 2019)

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Following the untimely passing of a close friend, British songwriter and producer, Freddie Ward, arrives in Bliss, Idaho to work on a comeback album with beloved singer-songwriter, Hal Granger. Adrift and bereft, Freddie is looking to gain a sense of perspective after a series of bad decisions—decisions that cost him his relationship and life as he knows it. However, almost as soon as Freddie arrives in Idaho, Hal drops an unexpected and devastating bombshell. Far from the hustle and bustle of his life in England, out in the stark isolation of the northwestern U.S., with time to think, to reflect, Freddie slowly begins to rebuild his life, haunted both by the events of the recent past and his reactions to them. Through words of wisdom from Hal and a series of meandering, existential, and profound conversations, this book explores themes such as love, loss, loyalty, and friendship; second chances and redemption; how to make the most of your time; and, finally, the meaning of home. The conversations will stay with the reader long after they have finished reading, making it a perfect choice for book clubs.


Peach is not only an instant classic, it’s one of the great rock and roll novels. It’s a book about last chances, second chances, friendship, deception, and grief, but most of all, it’s about what happens when the demolished heart soars again and starts blasting away like a kick drum.”  —Alex Green, Stereo Embers Magazine

“There’s a hint of loneliness that hovers above every page of Wayne Barton’s Peach. The kind that the likes of Denis Johnson and Raymond Carver knew too well. It’s all balanced out by beauty and hope—two things we could use more of in this world.”  —Jason Diamond, author, Searching for John Hughes

“A rich meditation on redemption, relationships, and rock & roll, Wayne Barton’s Peach is a strikingly subtle novel that cleverly illustrates that music is the connective tissue that links us together and blows us all apart.”  —Yvonne Prinz, author, The Vinyl Princess

“An intelligent, thought-provoking and profound literary read that immerses the reader in what it is that makes us who we are . . . a beautifully crafted book. I finished the story feeling I had learnt about humanity in general, and myself in particular.”  —Linda Hill, award-winning UK book blogger

“Barton is unique as a writer in that he uses words the way a painter uses colors. Every sentence has meaning and adds to a picture created in the mind of the reader. This is a novel that will own your soul while you absorb it.”  —Eyes and Ears Book Blog

“Sublime and engaging . . . an emotional chokehold of dramatic introspective fiction”  —JorieLovesAStory, book blog

Author Biography

Wayne Barton is an author and ghostwriter who has worked with creative artists around the world and has collaborated on a variety of projects. His fiction work is critically acclaimed and his work as a non-fiction soccer author and historian has seen him described as ‘the leading writer on Manchester United’ by the British broadsheet press. Major broadcast documentaries have been based on his work. He lives in England.