M A Griffin,


Chicken House, 2018

ISBN 9781911077817

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Who Wrote It?

Martin Griffin has published novels under the names of both M. A. Griffin and Fletcher Moss. He says he goes by both names, depending on the day of the week.

Living in Manchester with his wife and daughter, he has spent over 20 years in high school teaching, including as a deputy head teacher. Other jobs have included shelf-stacking and van driving in France and Spain.

In 2012, he won the Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction competition with his first novel, The Poison Boy.

What's It About?

Payback, an enigmatic anticapitalist group staffed by teens, has one mission: to steal from the rich and give to the poor. Its dramatic heists create a sensation. But when excitable Payback fan Tom is recruited, he accidentally brings with him a shady money man, Mr Ruiz. And he's not the only one on their tail. As the net closes in, the teenagers of Payback fight to stay alive - and true to their values. Being Robin Hood has never been this hard...

Fact File

Martin Griffin has written a survival guide for NaNoWriMo, the National Novel Writing Month that runs each November.

He was a teacher when he wrote his first book, and he used the pen-name Fletcher Moss to keep it secret from his students.

Alderman Fletcher Moss was an author and botanist from Manchester, who persuaded the philanthropist Andrew Carnegie to fund the construction of a public library in Didsbury in 1915.

You can read more about Martin on his website or follow him on Twitter @FletcherMoss.

Your Reviews

Mrs from Southfield Grange Campus:

Payback, a group of modern day Robin Hoods, take from the rich, give to the poor and upload all their daring deeds onto social media.

Rich boy Tom is sacked from his night porter job in a hotel where a shady business man has made a friend of him. He has been following Payback on line so when he finds himself mixed up in one their heists he is keen to learn more about the vigilantes.

I enjoyed the story despite some of it being far-fetched, the ending was exciting, but again very outlandish. The characters are well written, the storyline is interesting, I did guess the ending but MA Griffin has left it with an opening to write a second novel.

Mrs gave Payback 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Sacrifice Box by Martin Stewart.