Derek Robinson (novelist)

Derek Robinson
Born 12 April 1932 (1932-04-12) (age 79)
Pen name Dirk Robson
Occupation screenwriter, author, Rugby Union referee, broadcaster
Nationality British
Citizenship British
Education University
Alma mater Downing College, University of Cambridge
Period 1971–present
Genres fiction
Notable work(s) Goshawk Squadron, Piece of Cake, The Eldorado Network, A Darker History of Bristol
A Load of Old Bristle: Krek Waiter's Peak Bristle, Run with the Ball

Derek Robinson (born 1932) is a British author best known for his military aviation novels full of black humour. He has also written several books on some of the more sordid events in the history of Bristol, his home town, as well as guides to rugby. He was nominated for the Booker Prize in 1971 for his first novel, Goshawk Squadron.[1]

After attending Cotham Grammar School,[2] Robinson served in the Royal Air Force as a fighter plotter, during his National Service. He has a History degree from Cambridge University, where he attended Downing College,[3] has worked in advertising in the UK and the US and 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.[4] He was married in 1964.[5]


Novels set in squadrons of the Royal Flying Corps (later the Royal Air Force) during the First World War:

  • Goshawk Squadron (1971) is set in 1918 with the squadron flying the S.E.5a.
  • War Story (1987) is set in 1916 with Hornet Squadron flying the F.E.2b. and F.E.2d
  • Hornet's Sting (1999) is set in 1917 with Hornet Squadron flying the Sopwith Pup and the Bristol F.2B Fighter.

Novels set in RAF squadrons during the Second World War:

Novels featuring Luis Cabrillo:

  • The Eldorado Network (1979), about counter-espionage in WWII Spain and Portugal.
  • Artillery of Lies (1991), set mostly in England and Germany.
  • Red Rag Blues (2006), about espionage and the McCarthy witchhunts in 1950s America.[6]
  • Operation Bamboozle (2009), Luis Cabrillo travel to Las Vegas and tangles with the Mob. Self-published and available from his website.

Other books include:

  • Son of Bristle (1971) Abson Books. A guide to Bristle azit's poke.
  • Rotten with Honour (1973), about Cold War-espionage.
  • Kramer's War (1977) is set on the island of Jersey in 1944.
  • Run with the Ball (1984). Collins. Guide to Rugby Union play.
  • The Best Green Walks in Bristol (1994). Westcountry Books. Local walking guide.
  • A Load of Old Bristle: Krek Waiter's Peak Bristle (2002). Robinson, Derek, and Wiltshire, Vic. Countryside Books. More infermasun on howter's peak Bristle.
  • Kentucky Blues(2002), about life in a nineteenth-century American town.[7]
  • Sick Sentries of Bristle (2004). Countryside Books. "A slapstick dash through 600 years of local excitements".
  • Invasion, 1940 (2005), a non-fiction work about World War II which aims to debunk "two powerful myths": first, that the RAF alone prevented an invasion of Great Britain by Hitler's Germany; and second, that such an invasion force would inevitably have conquered Britain.
  • A Darker History of Bristol (2005). Countryside Books. "A fair share of cruel, inglorious and scandalous episodes that are generally little referred to".
  • Rugby: A Player's Guide to the Laws (2005). HarperCollinsWillow. The laws of the game made simple.
  • Better Rugby Refereeing (2007), co-authored with Ed Morrison.[8]


  1. ^ "Prize archive: 1971". Retrieved 11 January 2009. 
  2. ^ "Aviation Paperbacks 1973" (MS Word). University of Paisley Library Services. Retrieved 28 June 2009. 
  3. ^ "Downing Record 2002" (pdf). Downing College, University of Cambridge. 2002. p. 24. Retrieved 28 June 2009. 
  4. ^ "Bristol Referees". Gloucestershire Rugby Football Union. Retrieved 28 June 2009. 
  5. ^ "Downing Record 2002" (pdf). Downing College, University of Cambridge. 2002. p. 36. Retrieved 28 June 2009. 
  6. ^ "Observer review: Red Rag Blues, by Derek Robinson". The Guardian (UK). 30 July 2006. Retrieved 11 January 2009. 
  7. ^ Moore, Charlotte. "KENTUCKY BLUES". Retrieved 11 January 2009. 
  8. ^ Redfern, Simon (20 January 2008). "Better Rugby Refereeing, by Ed Morrison and Derek Robinson – Reviews, Books – The Independent". The Independent (UK). Retrieved 11 January 2009. 

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