Robert Mawson also writes under the pen name Robert Radcliffe.
He was born and educated in London where he worked at various jobs until talking his way into an editorial job on a yachting magazine. From there he worked in journalism, advertising and PR “gradually learning the ropes while trying to write my own stuff at home.” In the 1980s he took up flying then spent ten years as a commercial pilot, working all over the world, while still working on writing projects in his own time.
In 1991 Robert returned to England to form his own Suffolk-based PR consultancy, and work on book-writing projects. His first novel, A Ship Called Hope, was published under the Mawson name in 1994. In 1997 he sold his house and business and moved to a borrowed cottage in France to try and write full time. The result was The Lazarus Child, a book that sold more than a million copies worldwide and been translated into over twenty languages. In 2004 it was made into a movie starring Andy Garcia and Angela Bassett.
Success enabled Robert to become a full-time writer. In 2002 he published Under An English Heaven, under the pen-name Robert Radcliffe. It is about an American bomber base in Suffolk during World War II. Under An English Heaven was a Sunday Times top ten bestseller and has sold more than 150,000 copies to date. This was followed up by Upon Dark Waters in 2004, Across The Blood-Red Skies in 2009 and Dambuster, in 2011.
Robert Mawson photo © Jerry Bauer