The Official Site of Robert Barclay, Author

Novelist Robert Barclay

Meet the Author

Robert grew up in a small English village, the repository of 1000 years of history engraved on the tombstones of its Norman Church. Without mobile phones, TV or the Internet, he made up stories.

Later in life, he found himself a clearance diver in the labyrinthine, murky waterways of the Mekong Delta, dismantling booby traps during the Vietnam War and receiving two bravery awards. He spent much time in Asia, and his storytelling is inspired by his life experiences living around the world and from random meetings with strangers.

Robert Barclay clasping hands looking at camera

A citizen of the world, Robert Barclay’s love of exotic places, their people and their love stories brings readers an evocative sense of time and place.

2023 MILES FRANKLIN LITERARY AWARDS

Nominee

The Girl In The Orphanage

2023 INDIE BOOK AWARDS

Nominee

The Girl In The Orphanage

2023 NSW PREMIER’S LITERARY AWARDS

Nominee

The Diary of Katy Yehonala – Christina Stead Prize

2023 NSW PREMIER’S LITERARY AWARDS

Nominee

The Diary of Katy Yehonala – Glenda Adams Award

2022 MILES FRANKLIN LITERARY AWARDS

Nominee

The Diary of Katy Yehonala

2022 PRIME MINISTER’S LITERARY AWARDS

Nominee

The Diary of Katy Yehonala

Nominations

2023 MILES FRANKLIN LITERARY AWARDS

Nominee

The Girl In The Orphanage

2023 INDIE BOOK AWARDS

Nominee

The Girl In The Orphanage

2023 NSW PREMIER’S LITERARY AWARDS

Nominee

The Diary of Katy Yehonala – Christina Stead Prize

2023 NSW PREMIER’S LITERARY AWARDS

Nominee

The Diary of Katy Yehonala – Glenda Adams Award

2022 MILES FRANKLIN LITERARY AWARDS

Nominee

The Diary of Katy Yehonala

2022 PRIME MINISTER’S LITERARY AWARDS

Nominee

The Diary of Katy Yehonala

The Q&A Series

Katherine Tuominen and award-winning author Robert Barclay in Episode One of the Q&A series as they come together to explore the Psyche of The Writer. 

Prepare for an in-depth journey into the author’s mind, where we’ll delve into the inspiration, challenges, and distinctive style that breathe life into his captivating series. ⁠

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