Derek Robinson ( April 12th, 1932 ) was born in Bristol ( South West, England ). After attending Cotham Grammar School ( Bristol ), he served in the R.A.F. as a fighter plotter ( Ground Control Interception Unit ), during his National Service.
He has a History degree from the University of Cambridge ( Cambridgeshire, England ), where he attended Downing College. Planning to be a journalist, Derek Robinson has worked in advertising in the United Kingdom ( five years ) and the United States ( six years ), as well as for The Wall Street Journal. He also worked as a broadcaster on radio and television.
He was a qualified rugby referee for over thirty years and is a life member of Bristol Society of Rugby Referees.
Following his research of historical records for his novel Piece of Cake ( 1983 ), Derek Robinson became convinced that it was the supremacy of the Royal Navy in the United Kingdom's coastal waters that caused Adolf Hitler to postpone invasion plans and not the Battle of Britain, as commonly accepted.
His works include Son of Bristle ( 1971 ), Run with the Ball ( 1984 ), A Good Clean Fight ( 1993 ), Invasion, 1940 ( 2005 ), Why 1914 ? ( 2014 ).
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