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PAGE TURNER: Pinner author’s thrilling fifth book explores 1980s scandals

 Published on: 11th September 2023   |   By: Panayiota Demosthenous   |   Category: Uncategorized

A local author has released his fifth book, a novel about the darker side of the press and the tumultuous tale of Lloyd’s of London.

Dr John Matlin, a Pinner resident of 38 years, wrote his first book in 2010 after retiring from his job as a solicitor at the age of 55.

Now, aged 80, he has published Injunction, which follows Arthur Hawkins, as he becomes involved in a series of scandals in the 1980s. It also tells the story of popular novelist Charles Pearce, who is ‘door-stepped’ by the media.

John said: “I don’t want to give away too much, but it was very fun to write I can tell you that! I’m not big on tortured characters and feelings; I’m more interested in writing the twists and turns of a plot.”

The idea to write about a newspaper came to John six years ago, and the inspiration behind delving into the depths of Lloyd’s of London came from his past experience as a lawyer in the bustling City of London.

John said: “When I was in the City, my office was on top of Lloyd’s of London insurance. The stories in the novel are gospel truth.”

After talking about his new book, John reminisced on moving to the local area.

He said: “I remember when I first moved to Pinner. It was on the weekend, and then I went to work on Monday.

“When I got back, I remember standing outside my house and pinching myself, wondering how I got so lucky to live in such a lovely place.”

Injunction is now available on Kindle and in paperback from Amazon.

For more information on obtaining a signed copy, you can contact Dr John Matlin directly at

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1 Comment

  1. Norman Marks October 13th, 2023, 3:08 pm

    Injunction is the last of five novels written by Dr John Matlin and in my opinion is the best and most enjoyable. It’s a tremendous story which moves along at great pace and incorporates the author’s deep knowledge of the City of London and the legal system
    His previous books , all very readable, concentrate on the Newspaper industry and local politics in the mid west of America in the 1920s onwards.
    I am looking forward to his next novel with great anticipation

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