About the author
Mike Robbins has been a journalist, traveller, development worker and climate-change researcher. His unusual life is reflected in the diversity of his work, which includes two travel memoirs, three works of fiction and an academic book on climate change.
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 collection of three novellas, Three Seasons: Three Stories of England in the Eighties, was published at the end of 2014, and a novella, Dog!, in 2015.
Robbins is also the author of a book on agriculture and climate change, Cropping Carbon: Paying Farmers to Combat Climate Change (2011).