Robin Duval was born in Liverpool and educated at King Edward's School Birmingham, University College London and the University of Michigan as a Fulbright Scholar. The greater part of his subsequent career has been spent in the film business as a writer, producer, executive and regulator. From 1999 to 2004 he was the Director of the British Board of Film Classification, for which he received a CBE. He now lives and writes in West London. His books - Bear in the Woods, Below the Thunder, Not Single Spies - are stylish and intelligent political thrillers set against an international backdrop. The central character is a fortyish history professor, more Frasier than Bond (and perhaps a little Lucky Jim): an imperfectly heroic hero caught up within fast-moving narratives of mystery and suspense and not a little romance. They are books for people who enjoy thrillers that engage the brain and have a political edge. Their underlying themes are all too relevant: invasion of privacy, the influence of the internet, global warming, terrorism, big business and the 'underworld' of (not just) American politics. Fiction that threatens to become fact with each succeeding day.