Robin Anderson, an internationally known author and interior designer was born in Scotland and brought up in the former Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and South Africa. Before attending Rhodes University he hosted his own radio programme in Rhodesia and worked as a cub reporter on 'The Bulawayo Chronicle' during his gap year. Leaving South Africa, he spent the early Sixties working with interior design companies in Paris, New York and London. He set up his own design company in London in 1970. Although interior design had been his first interest, the designer never stopped writing. Nowadays he makes numerous television appearances and is a regular guest on selected radio programmes, gives regular lectures on his writing.
His first novel, REGINA, A NOVEL OF SOME EXTREMES, was published in 1998. The novel gives a salacious look 'behind the scenes' of the glamorous but bitchy and competitive world of interior design, following the path of the unpleasant but talented Reginald Forbes as he cuts a swathe through the lives of his many unsuspecting victims.
Though London-based, the author travels extensively and the benefits of this are apparent in the various settings to his books. The author is a strong believer in the protection of endangered species. In 1959 he took part in 'Operation Noah' which involved the rescue of hundreds of animals from the rising waters of the new Kariba Dam being across the mighty Zambezi River in the north/western part of Zimbabwe. He is also the proud 'foster parent' to four Orang-utans living at the famous Orang-utan Sanctuary in Sepilok, Borneo plus two elephants, Marlene and Marlon, who live happily on a ranch in Zimbabwe.
In a total contrast to the above, he also helped with the salvaging of precious works of art and manuscripts in Florence, Italy, during the Sixties when the River Arno burst its banks and flooded a major part of the ancient city. In between his travels Anderson lives mainly in a spacious studio 'overlooking a glorious, leafy square' in London's exclusive Chelsea and a small hideaway in the Cinque Terre in his beloved Italy. 'Have laptop, will write and will travel!' is his mantra. In addition to these collections of short stories, Thirteen Tales of Textual Arousal Volume