Freddie Abani is the MP for Woundham, who was touted as London’s potential first black Mayor – until the summer riots.
Rupal Advani is a former policewoman and is now a marijuana addict.
Gemma and her struggling filmmaker husband Pete Newman, are trying to save their marriage.
Vivian Moses is a therapist, and they all have her in common.
Vivian’s Couch is the prequel to Michael Obiora’s 2009 debut Black Shoes.
“… it shows the author to have a remarkable empathy with the complex workings of the human psyche.”
The British Black List
“… the author succeeds in bringing a gritty realism to the world of the therapist and of the intertwining of lives which have been irrevocably damaged by circumstances… there is a clear understanding of taking the reader on a journey… ” Jaffa Reads Too
“… the first thing that hits you is the cover, it is strikingly simple… it sets the tone for what lies ahead as you start the book… I must congratulate Michael Obiora on a story that is so well thought out as well as being brave tackling a difficult storyline.” The Last Word
“Sheds a big blinding light on modern society… By reading this book you really can just feel what a natural talent Michael has as a writer.” New Signed Books
“… What I really like about this is that it gets straight into the action, it doesn’t wait or hold back at all. We are immediately thrown in and have to quickly adjust to the pace of this well thought through story… By mixing the lives of both ordinary people and celebrities, it allows for an extensive look at how different choices – good and bad – lead to our current situations in life… although ultimately fiction, it really felt like each of the stories could be going on now.” My Little Book Blog
“… I really enjoyed how nothing was romanticised… I absolutely love the message that lies within this story, particularly in the ending… I really enjoyed how complex all the characters are… If you’re looking for something that handles dark topics really well, I definitely recommend checking this one out.”
About the Author
Michael Obiora was born in North-West London to Nigerian parents.
After starting drama classes aged seven, he was soon encouraged to join an agency by his drama teacher. He then joined another drama group at nine years of age, and within a year, landed a part in the hit children’s’ school drama, ‘Grange Hill’. Michael played ‘Max Abassi’ in the program for five years and is down as the youngest ever actor to have appeared on the show.
Michael went on to appear in such programs as ‘Doctors’, ‘The Bill’ and ‘Holby City’, but it was his role in the stage play ‘Exclude Me’ that really set the ball rolling. He completed a successful 11-week run on stage at The Chelsea Theatre. Lead roles in the award winning play ‘Fallout’ at the Royal Court Theatre and ‘Badnuff’ at The Soho Theatre soon followed.
Following this, Michael went on to appear in other popular television shows such as ‘My Family’, ‘Judge John Deed’ and ‘Sea Of Souls’.
In 2005, aged 18, Michael started a seven-month run in the award winning play, ‘Elmina’s Kitchen’ written by Kwame Kwei-Armah, at the Garrick Theatre. Michael was short-listed as ‘Best New Comer’ for this performance.
Before the West End run of ‘Elmina’s Kitchen’ came to an end, Michael won the part of receptionist, ‘Ben Trueman’, in the BBC1 smash, ‘Hotel Babylon’. It is for this role that Michael is most famous. The show ran for four seasons, regularly achieving figures of 6 million viewers per episode. It is one of the BBC’s most successful exports and continues to be shown in over one hundred countries including, America, Africa, Canada, Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Latin America, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Belgium, Holland, Italy, Australia, Israel, Pay TV in the Middle East, India, Bulgaria, Thailand, Croatia, Bahrain, Poland and Hong Kong.
As well appearing in ITV1’s ‘Afterlife,’ E4’s BAFTA winning ‘Misfits’ and giving a notable performance in ‘The Weeping Angels’ episode of BBC1’s ever-popular ‘Doctor Who’ as ‘DI Billy Shipton,’ Michael is hugely recognisable for his portrayal of outspoken nurse ‘Lloyd Asike’ in BBC1’s long running medical drama ‘Casualty.’
London boy Michael, is a sports and fitness enthusiast. He is a keen Arsenal fan, enjoys going to games at the Emirates and can often be seen going berserk in the stands!
Michael’s first novel BLACK SHOES, was published in 2009. His second novel VIVIAN’S COUCH will be published in Autumn 2014.