Robert Schofield, author

 
 


I am a writer of novels, short stories and children’s stories.


I was born and brought up in Southampton, on the sunny side of the southern English coast.  I went to school at King Edward VI School, a grammar school just about to turn independent while I was there.  It was an idiosyncratic blend of the conservative traditional (the use of semi-colons almost beaten into you by a fearsome man nearing retirement age) and the trendy 1970s: the soft underbelly of the Cambridge Latin Course and, most distressing of all, an almost complete lack of English literature.


‘Your education is sadly lacking,’ my father would say, tongue only possibly in cheek.  I have been trying to catch up ever since.


Modern languages took me to Oxford and to a range of brief jobs in Germany and France, working in quality control in an electronics factory in Stuttgart or labouring on a farm in Aveyron making Roquefort cheese.  All that time, I read - English of course, and 19th century German and French literature, since that was what I was supposed to be studying. 


And at the end of all this?  I graduated in the mid 1980s into - what else at that time? - the financial sector.  Big Bang, Black Wednesday, the birth of the derivative.  I watched all this from a junior seat in the sidelines, but in the course of my banking career I have lent money to diamond businesses in London’s Hatton Garden, to restaurants in Leicester, and to a gold mine in Zimbabwe.  At least some of these have paid the money back too.


By accident rather than design, for most of the time since my children were born, we have lived outside Britain, first in Zimbabwe and now in Luxembourg. I made up stories for the children when they were little and moved on to writing novels when the children stopped listening to the stories... Writing became more and more a compulsion, but for as long as I can remember, I had to squeeze writing into the spaces available between paid work and family life.  But there would come a day...


And now... the children have left home (except, strangely, during Covid lockdowns) and I started part-time working in 2020. So more time for the pen.

 

My writing life

Robert Schofield lives, works and writes in Luxembourg

All contents © Robert Schofield 2020


Oh, and don’t confuse me for another authorial Robert Schofield, writer of thrillers in Australia.

My first novel, The Fig Tree and The Mulberry, was a prizewinner in Luxembourg’s annual literary competition, le Concours Littéraire National, in 2010.


The Hoogen-Stoogen Tulip, the children’s book I created with the illustrator Carlo Schmitz, was shortlisted for the Luxembourg Book Prize in 2013.


The Treasury of Tales was published in 2020.

The books