Robert was first published by Picador, the paperback division of Macmillan, in 1982 and have had a long and fruitful relationship with the imprint ever since. In 1997 then Editor in Chief Peter Straus was instrumental in publishing Robert's book about his stroke, My Year Off, both in hardback and in paperback. As a result of the three separate editions that followed this first publication, he came to write Every Third Thought in 2016-17 and his ongoing publishing life is located with them.
Robert's father was Headmaster of Eton and he recalls: ‘I did not go to the school, but lived there as a student during several years during his term of office. I became very attached to the library, which has a wonderful collection of 16 and 17 century titles, including a Gutenburg Bible and a Shakespeare First Folio. So when I was invited to deposit my papers within the library, I did not hesitate to accept immediately and have developed a very good relationships with its curators over the last 25 years.‘ All Robert's manuscripts, correspondence, photographs and unpublished drafts are now in their archive, to which he adds every two or three years. For more information about how to access these archives, click here.