I have published two novels – The Empire of Lights (Hamish Hamilton, 1990) and The Year of Living Philosophically (MTP, 2020) -- as well as numerous short stories in magazines, literary journals and anthologies, including the Spectator, the Literary Review, London Magazine, Best Short Stories 1989, Best Short Stories 1990, The Best of Best Short Stories, The Time Out Book of London Short Stories, Sixteen Modern Short Stories, The Penguin Book of First World War Stories etc. I have also published poems, scholarly articles and book reviews. An audio podcast of one of my stories is available on YouTube.
I have a BA in Philosophy & Psychology and a PhD on the fiction of Vladimir Nabokov, together with lecturing experience in the American Studies department at the University of Keele.
I worked for 15 years as a dictionary editor/senior editor/managing editor at HarperCollins Publishers in Glasgow.
I previously worked for 5 years as an English language teacher at The British Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, where I learned to speak passable Swedish and translated a number of academic papers and doctoral dissertations from Swedish to English.
If you Google me, you will find my fiction-writing credits and scholarly articles under the name “Robert Grossmith” and my dictionary-editing and book reviews under “Bob Grossmith”.
Put simply, the English language in one of its many diverse disciplines or another – studying it, teaching it, writing it, editing it – is how I have spent my life.