Once upon a time –a long time ago – I was born in Bootle (Liverpool 20) in the UK. There was a war on. Later, I wanted to follow in the footsteps of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis but instead was plunged into the maelstrom of inner city education. In the 1970s I wrote some stories for children to see if I could, and Penguin published them. I thought I would write something really good when I retired from teaching…
After fourteen years of headship in Hackney I came back up north in 1993 and met my wonderful wife Amy. We looked after my increasingly ill parents full-time until they didn’t need us to do it anymore, by which time the first of our two daughters was ready to go off to University and on to the first rung of the housing ladder. We did the sums and I went back to teaching…
In 2008 Amy and I set off for a life by the western shores of the Caribbean. It was only after I survived a murder attempt by three local thugs in November 2010 (skull crushed in two places, seventeen stitches in head wounds) that I realised how easy it is to die without accomplishing a cherished ambition.
So we came back to the UK and I set to work on “Myrddin’s Heir”: the epic story I will leave behind. It took three years to write the first four books - now in the Kindle Store at 99p each. Self-publishing means self-marketing, so here I am. Book 5 was published in April 2014 for the same price…
This is a story for bright children from 10–110 years of age. It’s longer than The L of the R, longer even than HP &… To finish it I need to live another 15 years. I’d like to finish it, because I know how it ends.
Bluebolt Art Classics
on June 05, 2015 :
Robin Chambers has written a truly magical story which can be enjoyed by adults as well as children. For those people like myself who were born and brought up in a very different country with a different language and culture, it was an opportunity to learn a lot about Myrddin and the mythologies surrounding the wizard Merlin as well as getting insights into what it is like to live in the United Kingdom.
Gordon's adventures did not let me off the hook! He was born with magical powers and a guardian angel called Zack who helps him develop his special abilities and keep his 'imaginary friend' hidden. He has some funny encounters with bullies, and he helps the boy next door when his father is killed in Afghanistan. He loves learning new things and is always asking questions like "Why can't anyone else see you?" and "Where was I before I was born?"
When the family goes to Cornwall, the reunion of Gordon with his sixteen greats grandmother and her beloved Edmund Davenport was very moving, as an effortless flow of events unfolds his ancestry. The findings at Mellingford hall reunite the family in such a magical way that I was drawn into the revelation that his destiny was to become an arch wizard of the highest order.
I found the book deeply edifying and stimulating. The story moved at a nice pace, and was hard to put down. It would be crazy not to move straight on to Book 2 to find out what happens next!
(review of free book)
on May 15, 2015 :
I want to thank the person, who recommended this book! I couldn't put it down. Robin Chambers has cleverly included Shakespeare, Harry Potter, Star Trek, many poets, etc in this enthralling story, following the boy Gordon's (magical?) adventures up til the age of eleven. It is indeed a story for 10-110 year olds. I learned a lot from Robin's explanatory notes at the end of the book! Looking forward reading the next, and the next, etc.
(review of free book)
on May 13, 2015 :
I purchased this at Amazon and loved the story and characters.
Gordon is a little boy that any mother would love to raise. Zack, who may or may not be imaginary, is his best friend. Both are wonderful characters and the world would be a far better place if more children had the joy of learning and helping others this pair of unlikely heroes does.
Though the characters are believable, they have amazing, magical adventures. As Gordon grows, we learn how and why he is special and see hints that the 'stakes' are deep enough to sustain a series.
I look forward to finding the time to read Amazing Grace, which is the next book in this series.
(review of free book)