ROBERT (BOB) FORREST-WEBB: Born in Nottingham, but raised and educated mainly in Merseyside with his Cheshire family, then serving in both the army and merchant navy. He has been a full-time professional author since 1968. Before that he was a journalist and worked for local and national newspapers, switching from newspapers to magazines and eventually becoming Executive Editor for a major British company. He wrote his first book in 1957 and has subsequently had more than twenty books published. He has written for radio and TV in the UK and abroad, also the scripts and lyrics for two musicals. He has received a major literary award for his work.
FORREST-WEBB writes under his own name and three pseudonyms (because, he says, it enables him to switch styles and subjects): As ROBERT TREVELYAN he produced a quartet of PENDRAGON books, the swashbuckling adventure stories of a young surviving officer of 'the charge of the Light Brigade' in the Crimean War. In his own name, FORREST-WEBB (with or without the hyphen!) he writes modern adventure novels that have received exceptional reviews from international literary critics, and which have been published in almost all European languages. One novel, 'CHIEFTAINS' is widely held to be the finest novel ever written about tank warfare.
He chose the pseudonym ROBERTA FORREST in order to write two romantic novels as a personal challenge when his female agent suggested it would be impossible for a 'macho' male author to write 'as a woman'! His first book as ROBERTA FORREST became runner-up in the Romantic Novelists' Association 'Most Romantic Novel of the Year' competition, and the second novel under that name also became a 'Best Seller'. The first of the two novels 'THE LUSHAI GIRL' is set in India during and after WW2. The second 'WHEN THE APRICOTS BLOOM', also has an unusual background, this time Algeria during its war of independence. Forrest-Webb has close ties with India and Africa, having worked in both countries.
His third pseudonym, DAVID FORREST is shared with a fellow former journalist, David Eliades. Together under the name David Forrest they wrote four books, three of them humorous,one a collection of horror stories, all of them became international best sellers; one of them was the basis of the Walt Disney film 'One of our dinosaurs is missing'; another, 'After me the deluge' became Italy's most successful musical ever and which has been in virtually continuous production for 40 years. David Forrest novels will shortly be released in E-format.
BOB FORREST-WEBB's greatest personal interest has always been sport. He played rugby at school and later with HM Customs and Excise, and finally with one of Harlequins' teams. From the age of 14 he studied judo, switching to Aikido when it became available in the UK. He is now one of the very rare 8th Dan black belts in Europe whose grade has been awarded not only by the British national association, but also the mother organisation in Japan.
In 1948 he took up canoeing to increase his body strength, having lost much of it through lengthy hospitalization due to injury during his military service. He became British National Champion at 500 meters single kayaks, and national champion in 1000 meters pairs, and represented GB in the World Championships held in Denmark. He was also a winner of the 120 mile Devizes to Westminster canoe race, breaking the previous record by more than sixteen hours. FORREST-WEBB has lived in the country for much of his life and has a very active interest in country sports.
At present there are 13 FORREST-WEBB books available on Kindle. They are
'CHIEFTAINS' : 'THE SNOWBOYS': 'BRANNINGTON'S LEOPARD': 'CIRCLE OF RA': 'GO FOR OUT': 'THE SEALING': 'CAVIAR CRUISE'.
Under the Robert Trevelyan pseudonym; 'PENDRAGON, LATE OF PRINCE ALBERT'S OWN': 'PENDRAGON, HIS HIGHNESS COMMANDS': PENDRAGON, THE MONTENEGRAN PLOT': PENDRAGON, SEEDS OF MUTINY'.
Under the Roberta Forrest pseudonym; 'THE LUSHAI GIRL': 'WHEN THE APRICOTS BLOOM'.
FORREST-WEBB is still writing.