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Interview with Philip G Henley, author of The Persuasive Man


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A tale of greed, insider trading love and misfortune, spanning the globe as a terminally ill businessman realises his luxurious existence will not help him. He tries to account for his past behaviour, his life, and loves. Ranging from London to Shanghai via New York, Hong Kong, and Dubai, his greed and behaviour alters businesses and his personal relationships. His persuasive ability brings him success, but at what cost?

Whether he is in his New York apartment, his French Château, or his St Kitts home, he does not know which relationships are real and which are false due to his past behaviour. Now he has to decide what to do with his money and how to say goodbye.

What genre is it?
Hard to specify so i have out it in general fiction, it’s not really crime despite the insider trading, and it’s written almost as a memoir albeit a fictional one.

What kind of readers will it appeal to?
Very difficult to say, hopefully lots, but if you like wheeling and dealing, some strange relationships and abilities add some spice in the relationships and stir over a worldwide stage.  My books are not adult erotica but they do tend to feature sex and violence so I would not consider them as Children’s books.  The second book has YA characters and this book recollects teenage years so YA could be considered whatever that means.

Let’s leave classification to one side and talk more about the book. Tell us more about this rich man.
The main character, most often called David, tells the tale from a now point of view as well as a recollection of his own life.  For much of the book he is not particularly likeable, my main characters often aren’t.  He is intelligent but from a poor background, we trace his life and times as he pursues money and women.

We already know he is dying right at the start so the tale in not frequent twists and turns but more his business and personal relationships.

You say you’ve written other books?
Yes I have; two different genres.

An Agent’s Demise was my first – it’s a complex spy thriller set against the backdrop of the second Iraq War or more clearly the creation of the intelligence dossiers.

To the Survivors is my second book. It is a sci-fi dystopian catastrophe about a virus but mostly about what the survivors do.

Tell us a bit about yourself.
Ex-military then a career in programmes and projects mostly linked with IT.  I am very new to writing and learning as I go along.  My first book took nearly ten years before I had the time to finish it.

Do you have a website where we can keep up with your work?
Yes best place is or my Author profiles on various sites. My actual website is

How can we follow you on social media?

What’s next?
I have been asked to write sequels to the first two books, plus I have a list of forthcoming book ideas or situations on my website and blog.

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