In At The Geek End is the hilarious, madcap story of surfer, and all-round action man, James Smith, who inadvertently stumbles into a career as a computer programmer in the hush-hush top secret defence industry. Not only does he discover he's not cut out for the job, he also has to reconcile working with a diverse and impossible bunch of characters from alcoholics, power builders and nerds, to drop-outs, hippies and conformists – all working on multi-million defence projects that are often late and over budget. Taking to the road as a freelance contractor does not alleviate the headaches. The intense cocktail of stress and boredom manifests itself in a series of practical jokes that go terribly wrong, whilst wayward romances and an eye-popping extreme sports regime eat into his erratic earnings. Living in bed and breakfast accommodation for eight years, he dreams to break away – find a new career. But financial pressures, and a doomed romance with a croupier working on the luxury ocean liner, Cubana, leads James into a downward spiral – a high tech gypsy on a pathway to destruction. Whilst his colleagues face nervous breakdowns, personal crises, and even death, James fights to escape the madness. This is a must-read for anyone chained to a desk, in front of a computer, or those with a dream to change careers. With echoes of The Graduate and The Moon’s a Balloon, or even Ricky Gervais’ The Office, In At The Geek End is outrageous, sometimes bittersweet - the portrayal of a young man’s hopes and dreams caught up in an oppressive world of conformists. "A brilliantly observed story of office politics, love, lust, hope and tragedy." Mike McDougal
James Smith, born in Surrey, England, grew up in South Africa where his father worked for NASA as an electronics engineer. His family returned to England in the late 70's. After spending ten years in the defence industry working on top secret projects, he left to pursue interests in film and writing.
A keen guitarist, windsurfer, skier, and traveller, his thirst for inspiration has seen him trekking through rain forests, playing gigs in smoky pubs, sailing with drunken skippers on racing yachts, and hanging out with surf dudes on the beach. All fine material for the humour that laces much of his writing.
As well as involvement in film industry-related writing, fiction and autobiographical novels, James' freelance work encompasses music and film reviews, travel writing, and blogs for online fashion and media magazines.