Robyn Webb is an avid traveller and bushwalker. She travelled in Asia and Europe before developing a passion for ancient civilisations and history and venturing to many places in the Middle East, Europe and South-East Asia. She works in IT.
Robyn’s writing experience includes many examples where people of varied backgrounds needed a consistent understanding of a particular topic. Her previous publications include articles on travel and photography.
She continues to travel widely to indulge her passion in the human condition, history and belief systems and loves sharing her experiences and learning.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho would be the first. I read it about 15 years ago and it's about following your heart, regardless of what the facts look like.
The next would be 'Last of the Amazons' by Stephen Pressfield. He is great with historical research and a fabulous storyteller. This book had me on the edge of my seat and I could easily relate to the characters.
Third are books by Alain de Botton. He has a great way of looking at life.
Then probably 'The Shadow of the Wind' by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. His description of Barcelona and the people were wonderful.
Last would be Harry Potter because I reserve the right to be a Big Kid.
What do you read for pleasure?
I love reading historical novels, other people's travel adventures and Alain de Botton. Ancient history gives me a way to compare our current society and issues with those from hundreds of years ago. Sometimes they're different, other times they're the same. More often than not, it's the same issues in different packaging.
Other people's adventures are fun to read, for the same reason that I travel - to find out the real story of a place. And Alain de Botton has a very interesting twist on life.
What is it with Everest Base Camp?
Why do so many people, every year, train for months and then trek to the base of the world's highest mountain?
What is it like anyway? Is it only for mountaineers and tour groups?
This is the journal of my trek.
All of the author's proceeds from the sale of this book are donated to the Trek Climb Ski Nepal Community Fund.
Why would a woman travel on her own through the Middle East?
With an interest in alternate travel and ancient history, she ignores pulped opinion and terrorist hype and goes to find the truth.
This book is a journey from Athens to Cairo on local transport; through towns, markets and ancient ruins. It confronts trusted opinions and demands a greater respect for all people.