Mike Robbins

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Mike Robbins is the author of two books of travel memoirs, three books of fiction, and a scientific book on climate change. He has been a journalist, traveller, development worker and climate-change researcher.

Born in England in 1957, he graduated in 1979 and worked in rock-music publishing, financial journalism, as a traffic broadcaster and as a reporter on the fishing industry. In 1987 he went to work as a volunteer in Sudan, an experience he described in his book Even the Dead are Coming (2009). He later also worked as a volunteer in Bhutan and went on to live in Aleppo, Brussels and Rome. These travels led eventually to a collection of long travel pieces, The Nine Horizons (2014), and a novel, The Lost Baggage of Silvia Guzmán (2014). A
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Mike Robbins No - not interested in chasing figures like that. Even if your Amazon sales figures are bumped up into four figures for 48 hours, it won't really sell…moreNo - not interested in chasing figures like that. Even if your Amazon sales figures are bumped up into four figures for 48 hours, it won't really sell books. Only word-of-mouth recommendations do that. I do arrange review copies for people who genuinely want to review a book, and I appreciate their interest. But it is not a priority.

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They are my experiences, yes. Although it's not an autobiography as such, everything in the book happened.

The book was written from memory - but some parts of it were written very soon after the event. The Sudan chapter was adapted from another book, Even the Dead are Coming, which was written only a year after I returned to England, and Oil in Greeneland within a few months of the journey. But the chapter about Syria was written 15 years after I left the country.(less)
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Zoe's Human Mike wrote: "... dried apricots go wonderfully with dark beer, provided it is not too bitter."

Mmmm, I shall have to try this combo.


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Mike Robbins Michelle wrote: "Dark beer and dark chocolate go well with excellent reading. :)"

And as I think I've said before, dried apricots go wonderfully with dark beer, provided it is not too bitter.


Zoe's Human Dark beer and dark chocolate go well with excellent reading. :)


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Mike Robbins Nigeyb wrote: "Thanks for the A Time to Love and a Time to Die rec"

I thought you might like that one. Of course, one can only read so many books, but you seem to defy the laws of physics in that respect!


Anthony Stancomb I just put a review on Amazon. I actually read your book thinking it might help me in some way - I write books about local mores in Croatia - and thought it a terrific read. Wish I could write as elegantly as that.....
I should have put a review on right away, but I saw your name on Goodreads, and it reminded me to do so!
Anthony


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Mike Robbins Off to the sun for an all-too-brief break next week, but will continue to read and review with the utmost dedication (see link). http://mikerobbinsnyc.blogspot.com/20...


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