Rob Walters

Biography

I always wanted to write, even as a kid, and now I do. I can transfer the desire to other projects and often do - but if there is nothing much on then I need to write.

In my past life in the technical world I was often puzzled by colleagues who hated writing in the way that some people hate maths.They were forced to write whereas the pen had to be wrested from my hand.

When my children were young I wrote for them. I clearly recall reading the second chapter of a book I started on the lives of a family of city foxes. I had almost finished reading a section in which most of the cubs were gassed in their earth when I looked up and was amazed to see tears streaming down the faces of my two daughters. The power of the written word?

My first full book was published in 1991, It followed many technical papers and articles and was followed by two newsletters which I edited, and mostly wrote, for the next ten years. Four more technical books appeared after which I abandoned the world of technology and began doing my own thing.

I travelled, became an Oxford city guide, and wrote a number of books and articles, some fiction, some non-fiction, some published, some not. See my bookshop on the web for all of my books and a shocking experience in an online pub.

Where to find Rob Walters online


Where to buy in print


Books

Margaret Thatcher and Dorothy Hodgkin in Conversation: Iron Lady versus Socialist Scientist
By Rob Walters
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 25,790. Language: English. Published: February 16, 2014. Category: Fiction
Dorothy Hodgkin was Margaret Thatcher's tutor at Oxford. Given their diametrically opposed political beliefs and moral perspectives, their conversations would surely have been intensely interesting. This book provides a fictional account of them.
China: Don't Go There Until...
By Rob Walters
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 79,700. Language: English. Published: August 2, 2013. Category: Nonfiction
If you are thinking of going to China to teach or travel then don’t – not until you have read this book. The book may entice you to go or it may persuade you to stay. Either way if you are interested in China and wish to advance far beyond the tourist guide view, then read this book.
Being Down, Looking Up: The Adventures of an Itinerant Shoeshiner
By Rob Walters
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 101,790. Language: English. Published: July 23, 2013. Category: Nonfiction
This book is about an unusual journey. A few years ago Rob Walters decided to become a shoeshine boy. He stowed his shoeshine kit, a tent, and a few items of clothing in a trailer, connected the trailer to his push bike and set off from Oxford to visit the old shoe-making cities of middle England. Along the way he polished many shoes and gained a fascinating insight into his own country.
Turkey Trove
By Rob Walters
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 56,120. Language: English. Published: July 21, 2013. Category: Fiction
Turkey, the historic bridge between Europe and the East, excites the imagination. In a collection of ten short stories Rob Walters provides a fascinating glimpse into the culture and characters of this special country. The tales embrace everything from ants to fireflies, ferocious dogs to rutting bulls and natural aphrodisiacs to underground cities; all based within this secular, Islamic nation.
Naughty Boys: Ten Rogues of Oxford
By Rob Walters
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 44,380. Language: English. Published: July 21, 2013. Category: Nonfiction
Love them or hate them, rogues mesmerise us. From Bill Clinton, ex-president, to Howard Marks, ex-drug smuggler, this book describes the exploits of the ten top Oxford rogues. All of them have lived and studied in the city and all have had exciting lives: some were womanisers, others big drinkers, most were great fun.
Spread Spectrum: Hedy Lamarr and the mobile phone
By Rob Walters
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 93,190. Language: English. Published: July 21, 2013. Category: Nonfiction
Welcome to a world of secret communication, arms trading, mobile phones, film stars, piano players, nudity in the woods and one of the most unusual sources of revolutionary new technologies ever. This is the story of the birth of a new communication technique called spread spectrum together with the story of a forgotten patent and its two unlikely inventors.
3D Futures: The disembodied, the departed and the dispossessed
By Rob Walters
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 131,940. Language: English. Published: July 15, 2013. Category: Fiction
Driven by current economics, technology and politics, the people of earth gradually take three distinct routes forward. The rich go down, the dispossessed stay put and the adventurous take off. This book follows their progress through parallel, intimate and gripping story lines where the digitised are terrorised by corruption, the dispossessed are hunted by cannibals and the departed travel on.
Shaken by China
By Rob Walters
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 108,400. Language: English. Published: December 9, 2011. Category: Fiction
Shaken by China is a pacey novel based in modern China. It is eventful, thoughtful, and provides an intriguing insight into the modern republic. A young man takes a teaching job in China and becomes involved with one of his students. He avoids the repercussions by escaping, but after a long, lonely march he plunges into a nightmare existence as a slave labourer in an illegal brick factory.

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