“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. And it is beautiful. Barton writes for readers – those who truly invest themselves in the plot and the characters. Peach isn’t a lightweight beach read to be read quickly and just as easily forgotten. This is a novel that will own your soul while you absorb it, and for many days after you are finished. When in despair, one of the characters says, “What is this life? What is this life?”, I couldn’t help but feel I was in a conversation rather than an uninvolved person reading about fictional people. Read Peach; you’ll be better for having experienced it yourself.Sue Smith, Eyes And Ears

Peach is my forthcoming novel, a literary fiction story which I believe will fall somewhere in the commercial fiction genre. (Though, with genres constantly being redefined these days, it’s difficult to tell…)

It tells the story of musician Freddie Ward and explores the themes and importance of our transient human relationships and connections in the modern world. When you are lost, how can you find yourself?

This story has been in development for around nine years and was finally written and completed over 2015 and 2016. I am very excited about this story reaching a wider audience and even more so after the actor Charles Baker (Breaking Bad, The Blacklist, Wild) came on board the project to record an original soundtrack to accompany the book.

For more information, you can find it by emailing media (at) waynebartonbooks.com or tweeting the Twitter account that has been set up for the book at @PeachTheBook.

Teaser clips for the soundtrack can be found on the Soundcloud page for it.

Additionally, an original screenplay has already been adapted from the book. I am in talks with producers over the project. If you wish to express your interest in the project please contact me via this website.

Advance reviews for Peach say:

“An exceptional book which captivated the reader but retains a soft, flowing essence… The tale is very thought provoking, it still swirled around in my head long after I’d finished reading it…” Kate Noble, The Quiet Knitter

“A rambling river of a read that you won’t want to put down…”

4 kids and a chicken

“Getting taken on a journey is good, but being able to draw the map yourself is better. Through the eloquence of his writing W.S. Barton has managed to do both… gentle and thought provoking insights are powerful and display Barton’s writing at its finest… Peach is filled with friendship, loss and oh so much more. The story is warm yet flecked with melancholy, there is pain and laughter and everything in between. This is a book that will stay with you long after you have finished reading it.”

Nicole Fitton, author

“Captivating & thoughtful, Barton’s delicate portrayal of love & loss is certain to leave you thinking.”

Bethany Jones, Quirks and Queries

“…sublime, slow paced & engaging… an emotional chokehold of dramatic introspective fiction”


“…an epic tale of loss, love, and emptiness…

“…having had the privilege of hearing a couple of the songs that will be on the Peach soundtrack I have to say he (Baker) has a gorgeous singing voice, it has almost a vulnerability feel to it which fits the lyrics and the music very well…”


“Best thing I’ve read in years, if not ever!”

Amanda, Beta Reader

“It made every emotion possible surface… a truly wonderful experience”

Lisa Cotton, Beta Reader

“…it’s totally brilliant and hooks you from the beginning…” Vincenzo Scipioni, author and literary agent