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 collect
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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.

I write because I want to. No-one would bother doing it to get rich. Spend too much time worrying about marketing and you won't be writing much that's good.(less)
Mike Robbins 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…more
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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Kevin Cole Hi Mike, good to make your acquaintance!


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