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  • TRAVELLER, WRITER, ADVENTURER

    Robin Ratchford has lived in six different countries and visited more than a 130 countries and territories on all seven continents. Travel, adventure and discovery are central themes in his life. The people he meets and the cultures he experiences are a constant inspiration for Robin's writing.

    About Robin
  • TRAVELS

    Under the sweltering heat of the African sun, the green acid ponds of the Dallol volcano in Ethiopia’s Danakil Depression look more like a landscape from a sci-fi movie than anything one would expect to see on Earth.

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  • WRITING

    Up to eight or nine storeys high, the tower houses of Yemen's ancient capital Sana'a resemble ever smaller boxes stacked one on top of the other. The geometric patterns of whitewashed brickwork that transect the sandy-coloured buildings look like icing sugar decoration. From a distance, one could be forgiven for thinking that the old city is made entirely of gingerbread.

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  • ADVENTURE

    It is impossible not to be impressed by the falls. The Iguazú River pours over the edge of the Paraná Plateau as a never ending roar, filling the air with warm mist.

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Travelling

“Travelling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.”
– Ibn Battuta

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About
Robin Ratchford

“Possessed with the thought of travelling about the world of men and seeing their cities and islands.”

- Sinbad The Sailor

Robin Ratchford has lived in six different countries and visited more than a hundred and thirty countries and territories on all seven continents.

Looking back, he thinks collecting colourful stamps from the age of six first sparked his interest in foreign countries and cultures all over the world. Travel, adventure and discovery are central themes in his life.

The people he meets and the cultures he has experienced are a constant inspiration for Robin’s writing.

On this website, you will find some of his reflections on the characters and places he has come across, as well as purely fictional works. Like many writers, he blends personal experience and observation with imagination.

Born in the United Kingdom, Robin is currently based in Belgium.

He counts learning and improving his knowledge of several European languages among his constant passions.

He and his faithful companion Mortimer the Fox Terrier live in Brussels.

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Life begins at the end of your comfort zone

In the middle of Turkmenistan's Karakum Desert lies a huge crater in which gas escaping from hundreds of cracks in the ground burns day and night. Yet these seemingly eternal flames are no relic left by the Zoroastrian fire worshippers who once lived in the region…

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From Souk to Souk

Travels through the Middle East

From Souk to Souk is based on Robin Ratchford’s journeys across the Middle East. From the historic bazaar of Aleppo in Syria before it was destroyed to the street markets of Baghdad, Robin offers an innovative account of his travels across the region with its ancient cities and glittering metropolises.

See more: Robin Ratchford talks about his book