Robinson first won attention in 2006 with his debut novel, Electricity, shortlisted for both the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Authors' Club First Novel Award. The film adaptation of Electricity made its world premiere at the BFI London Film Festival and won Best Screenplay at the National Film Awards. Robinson's other novels are The Man Without, Forgetting Zoe and Jawbone Lake. Recently Robinson wrote the BAFTA-longlisted short film, Edith, starring Peter Mullan and Michelle Fairley. He holds a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Lancaster and was an OMI Fellow at Ledig House, New York. He is currently working on the score for the film Outwoods, released in 2018.