The Biography

(deep breath:) Robert Wilton has worked in a number of Departments of the British Government over the last fifteen years, including a stint as Private Secretary to three successive UK Secretaries of State for Defence. He was advisor to two Prime Ministers of Kosovo in the period leading up to the country's independence, and he has now returned there as head of policy for the international office monitoring and advising the Kosovo Government. He's co-founder of The Ideas Partnership, an NGO stimulating and supporting projects in education, culture and the environment.

The Emperor's Gold was chosen as the Best Debut Historical Novel of 2012 by the Historical Writers’ Association and Goldsboro Books. An Amazon historical fiction Number One and one of Waterstone's 'best new debut novels', it’s the first of a series of historical espionage thrillers drawing on the archive of the Comptrollerate-General for Scrutiny and Survey. 'Literary gold... superbly satisfying...beautifully written, wonderfully clever', the Daily Telegraph called this one. Robert Wilton's short stories, and his analytical articles on the history and politics of south-eastern Europe, have appeared here and there. He likes old books and old films, does a bit of gig rowing and poetry translating, and divides his time between Kosovo and Cornwall.