David grew up in Bristol, the youngest of 3 children. Yes, he was the spoilt one. After stints as a TEFL teacher in Italy and croupier in London, he had a first writing career as a journalist working for (among others) Cosmopolitan, the Sunday Times, the Radio Times, Good Housekeeping, Country Living and Best. He wrote a lot about showbiz, interviewing and profiling many celebrities.
Even though any actors he met kept telling him what a difficult career theirs is, he then abandoned journalism for acting. Many years later he’s still doing it, using the name David France. How successful has he been at this? Judge for yourself. Have you ever heard of him? He’s done plenty of low-budget feature films (including Werewolves of the Third Reich) but makes most of his living by writing, running and acting in murder mystery events.
Chronic shyness afflicted him for many years but he is now painfully opinionated about almost everything. And he loves pigs. Despite this, he remains happily married to a writer slightly more famous than him – the 2019 Booker Prize winner, Bernardine Evaristo. They live in London.
HOWUL, David’s debut novel, an absurdist satire, was published by Elsewhen Press on 15th January 2021.
Howlish ABC for Growups is David’s version of an ABC as written by Howul (the eponymous hero of his novel HOWUL). It is available as a free download.
- “little short of a masterpiece” – review of HOWUL and interview with David Shannon in Reader’s Digest
- Howlish ABC for Growups – free download May 14, 2021
- David Shannon and HOWUL coverage in Mail Online and Daily Telegraph March 12, 2021
- Realising a life’s journey – Interview with David Shannon in The European March 8, 2021
- Author invents quirky future dialect of English for a literary tale of revenge January 15, 2021
David Shannon can be contacted via Elsewhen Press using david.shannon (at) elsewhen.co.uk