Born in Redditch, Worcestershire, and educated at Redditch County High School and Cambridge University, Robin Walker emigrated with his young family to Rhodesia in the early sixties. Having taught English and Latin for some eight years, he joined the Ministry of Internal Affairs (Intaf) as a cadet District Officer, and became a District Commissioner five years later. He retired from the Ministry in November, 1980, by which time Rhodesia had become Zimbabwe. He and his wife finally left Zimbabwe in 1990 for Greece where for a while he taught English and then worked for a publishing company in Athens until his retirement. He now lives with his wife on a Greek island.