Robert Lipscombe was born in Tanzania and studied modern languages at Cambridge then philosophy and psychology at Oxford. In 1989 he was hailed as a world-class novelist by two leading literary agents who are still at the top of their game today. However, the road is long and there are many gates and crossings, and there are hands to be kissed by those who would be blessed. Robert eschewed gates and denied crossings, and neither did he kiss nor was he blessed. Now that the internet has removed both gatekeepers and troublesome tolls, he is ready to be read. And the manuscripts are roaring up out of their boxes. Keep an eye out for: The English Project, The Teddy Bear Consultant, Mkwake, The Triumph of Val Fribbens, not to forget The Real Otto Baxter [a play written for the Downs community] and the original unexpurgated version of The Salamander Tree, which earned him his first accolades and then was radically cut. Each of the books will carry its own afterword, telling the story of its provenance. Books in the making, like everything else, are brought about by their environments. It is reflecting these which gives to books their characters and fates - just like their authors.