Neil Robinson was born in Gateshead and grew up in Newcastle upon Tyne obsessed with books and sport. After studying in Hull and Sweden, he spent six years with the Home Office in London before quitting and setting off to walk across Europe in the footsteps of Patrick Leigh Fermor and in the spirit of vagabond poets.

He returned to the UK with very sore feet and the understanding that he needed a new career. After retraining as a librarian, he took a job at Lord’s Cricket Ground where he has remained for the last 15 years. As MCC’s Head of Heritage & Collections, his job involves, among other things, looking after the Ashes Urn.

He has written widely about cricket and sporting heritage for a variety of publications and in 2015 published Long Shot Summer, a book about one of the most humiliating years in English cricket history. His fiction writing covers very different ground. A lifelong lover of spy novels, he takes inspiration from thriller writers like Len Deighton and John Buchan and seeks to create novels with a sense of place and character.

Neil lives in south east London, where he spends his free time writing, cooking, hiking, enjoying the odd pint of real ale and following his beloved Gateshead Football Club.

The Other Side of Trust of his first novel.