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Prize-winning author Robert Wilton worked in a number of British Government Departments, including a stint as Private Secretary to three Secretaries of State for Defence. He was advisor to two Prime Ministers of Kosovo in the period leading up to the country's independence, and returned there as head of policy for the international office monitoring and advising the Kosovo Government. He's now running an international human rights mission in Albania. He's alsoco-founder of The Ideas Partnership, an NGO stimulating and supporting projects in education, culture and the environment.
Treason's Tide (hb The Emperor's Gold) won the Historical Writers' Association/Goldsboro Crown for best debut historical novel. An Amazon historical fiction Number One and one of Waterstone's 'best new debut novels', it's the first of a series of historical espionage thrillers drawing on the archive of the Comptrollerate-General for Scrutiny and Survey. 'Literary gold... superbly satisfying...beautifully written, wonderfully clever', said the Daily Telegraph. It was written in various odd bits of Europe on a computer with no functioning full-stop key, was edited in Russia and Mongolia, and was almost but mercifully not quite blown up by the British Transport Police. Treason's Spring, a prequel set in the French Revolution, will be out in 2017.
'The Spider of Sarajevo' was launched in that city on the 28th of June 2014, one hundred years to the day after the events it illuminates in the lead-up to the First World War. The Times called it ‘a learned, beautifully written, elegant spy thriller’, and author John Lawton described Wilton as ‘one of the smartest novelists we have. A touch of Conrad, more than a dash of Buchan ... Simply brilliant.’
Robert Wilton's short stories, and his analytical articles on the history and politics of south-eastern Europe, have appeared here and there. He likes old books and old films, does a bit of gig rowing and poetry translating, and divides his time between Cornwall and the Balkans.