Hardy Esse was born in Littlehampton, 1973. He has been writing since an early age. Stories and sketches at school and, somewhat inevitably, lyrics and poems as a teenager. Before he was 20, however, he'd been kicked out of the band and burnt the poems. Disillusionment struck.
In a lost weekend that lasted for 2 or 3 years, experience was had and the desire to write never dwindled.
The idea for Book came in 1998 as he finished an English Literature degree at Reading University. Initially the idea was to write a single narrative about the second coming of Jesus in the year 2000. But no sooner had the idea formed, than a voice cried out from the wilderness, 'why not write four perspectives; like the gospels, only make them disagree?'
As he struggled to make each account stand up for itself, the millennium came and went, and with it several imaginings of the second coming on TV, film and in novels. But, like Sisyphus, he kept on pushing the boulder up the hill. Was it just shameless vanity? Tilting at windmills? The four volumes of Book may prove an unwitting testament to it.
Hardy Esse is currently living in London, editing his second novel, The Miread, in which serial killer Arthur Mire heartily recounts the naissance of his criminal career in Battersea.