Interview with Robin Knight

Why should I buy your book?
I think, I hope, that it tells you a great deal about three things of interest to a contemporary reader - the evolution of journalism since about 1970; world affairs since 1970 with special emphasis on the collapse of communism and the end of apartheid; and life inside a large international oil company over the past 15 years.
Is this your first book?
No, there have been several others, not all published. One was on life in Saudi Arabia and another was on the construction of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline. I'm currently at work on a school history to be published in 2016 in connection with its centenary. Down the line I plan a biography of my formidable great aunt Florence who had an extraordinary life from 1880-1974 all over the world.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Well, I wanted to write my memoir before I forgot too much! It was a therapeutic exercise as much as anything - getting a lot off my chest and that sort of thing. One old friend and colleague wrote that it is the sort of book all foreign correspondents would like to write but never do. There is a selection of comments on the book, by the way, on the website of my company Knightwrite Ltd at
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Two things - the huge narrowing of the conventional publishing market for memoirs like mine; and the far greater freedom I had to plan and carry out the book as I wished. It helped, of course, to have been a professional writer all my adult life and to have spent much of the past few years editing other people's manuscripts for publication. At least I felt I knew what I was doing.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I wish it had! So far just two copies of the book have been sold on Smashwords - which is why I'm doing this interview. All the print copies have been sold.
How would you sum up your indie publishing experience?
It has been most fulfilling - liberating really. I covered my costs, published my book and told my story. That was what I set out to do in 2010. I do wish though that e-sales had been more substantial - I
Published 2013-09-02.
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Books by This Author

A Road Less Travelled - A memoir of a privileged life
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 106,710. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: July 16, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction » Biography » Editors, journalists, & publishers
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Robin Knight reported around the world for American newsmagazines and corporate publications for 40 years. He began covering international events in 1968 when he joined US News & World Report and soon after found himself in Northern Ireland as the civil rights movement began. Over the next 28 years, working for this prestigious American weekly publication, he reported from 50 countries in Europe.