Excesses of banking world form backdrop of Woodford Green author’s second novel
12:58 25 June 2014
The excesses of London’s banking world provide the backdrop for a crime novel written by an author who published his first book 11 years ago.
Howard Robinson, 48, has released his second novel Micah Seven Five, which is set just after the Lloyd’s insurance crash in the late 1990s.
The book centres on an unidentified body which is found dumped outside a charity shop.
The find takes Det Insp Jack Munday and his colleagues on a trail that leads them into the world of London’s highly paid bankers, where drugs, sex, risk-taking and flamboyant living come easily.
But it also leads him back over 20 years to a group of now powerful and respected individuals who, when they were a close-knit group of friends at university, led a hedonistic lifestyle which could now prove ruinous for any or all of them.
Mr Robinson, a marketing professional from Woodford Green, said: “I tried to write a book that I would want to read; a story that has ordinary characters with whom any of us can identify, but are brought together through an extraordinary situation.
“What interested me was the impact of an event like the Lloyd’s crash had on somebody’s life. I had read about the disparity between those who lost everything and those who didn’t, and I built the story around a guy who loses everything he has as a result.”
Mr Robinson, who attended Ilford County High School, wrote his first book The Bitterest Pill, about a teenage boy who discovers he was adopted, after making a bet.
He said: “It started as a bet among colleagues as to whether we could each write a novel.
“Only once I finished did somebody suggest that I try to get it published.
“As I am not a full-time author, work always has to be the priority and I am not able to make as much time to research and write as I would like. Now I would love to write full-time but it’s not easy to make that happen.”
Mr Robinson hopes to visit his old school to run a creative writing workshop with some of the students.
Micah Seven Five is published by independent publishers Inspired Quill and is available from retailers and online.