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The Nine Horizons By Mike Robbins
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In 1987 Mike Robbins, a young journalist in London, felt restless and decided to travel. He never really stopped. In the quarter century that followed he lived and worked in countries as diverse as... More > the world itself. The pieces in this book take the reader from rural Sudan to the headwaters of the Amazon, from Semana Santa in Quito to Buddhist temples in the Himalayas, across Bhutan on a motorbike, into the ancient souk of Aleppo, to the steppes of Central Asia and finally to New York. Along the way there is Ethiopian gin, a sex tourist in Moscow, Kyrgyz women in cycling pants, a surreal toilet in Brussels, echoes of slavery in Brazil, and an encounter with Helen of Troy in Third Avenue. The Nine Horizons is an anarchic snapshot of a troubled but beautiful world in transition.< Less
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Such Little Accident By Mike Robbins
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“When the people shall have nothing more to eat,” said Rousseau, “they will eat the rich.” But the rich are rather good at getting the poor to eat each other instead. In this... More > provocative novella-length essay, Mike Robbins looks at how the electoral system, social media, bullying by business, and a growing gap between rich and poor have led to deep fissures in British society. These have been exploited by those with an agenda of their own. As a result, democracy is now fragile. To repair it, we must look hard at the way information cycles through our society, and how our opinions are formed.< Less
Three Seasons: Three Stories of England in the Eighties By Mike Robbins
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In a South Coast port, a middle-aged trawlerman has one last throw of the dice. In the Thames Valley, property is booming. And the meek won’t inherit the earth. In a Warwickshire vicarage,... More > the Master of an Oxford college must try to unite past and present. Three Seasons is about the Thatcher era in Britain, but it is not about politics. These three stories of England in the 1980s are portraits of a country and its people on the verge of change.< Less
The Lost Baggage of Silvia Guzmán By Mike Robbins
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When Silvia’s country falls apart after a coup, she flees to London. Picked up by the police, she is dumped for weeks in a bed-and-breakfast with a crazy landlady, then rescued by cold... More > intellectuals. She finds she is a nuisance to one side and a cause to the other, with no dreams, family or opinions of her own. Until she meets another, earlier, refugee; and then she has a surprise for everyone. The Lost Baggage of Silvia Guzmán is a story of flight, loss and the pain of exile. But it is also a sideways look at liberal London – perceptive, caustic and sometimes very funny.< Less
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