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Robert Twigger (born 30 October 1962) is a British author.[1] He travels widely but divides his time mostly between the UK and Egypt.

Robert Twigger
Born (1962-10-30) 30 October 1962 (age 56)
Solihull, Britain
SubjectTravel, exploration, adventure, cross-cultural studies


Twigger was educated at Balliol College, Oxford University.[1] He first began to study engineering, but after six weeks switched to politics and philosophy.[1] He won the Newdigate Prize for poetry. He also staged a film festival for student films, as well as directing two films himself.[1]

Following university, he worked in the publicity department of a record company and taught English and studied martial arts in Japan for three years.[1] After that he travelled widely in remote places for a number of years.

Twigger has written fiction and non-fiction books, as well as articles for newspapers and magazines including The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Times, Lonely Planet magazine, Maxim, the Financial Times and Esquire.


Twigger has also published several poetry collections, including one in 2003 with Nobel Prize winner Doris Lessing.


In 1997 Twigger's expedition to North Borneo and Kalimantan discovered a line of menhirs across a vast stretch of jungle never before recorded.

Twigger's failed attempt to capture a record-breaking snake in Indonesia in 1997 was the subject of a Channel 4 documentary, entitled Big Snake along with Twigger's book on the expedition.[5] In the documentary, Twigger is criticised by his translator for employing indigenous people to do the majority of the work whilst omitting to inform many of them about the $50,000 prize he was seeking for himself.

In 2004 Twigger led an expedition that completed a three-season, two-thousand-mile journey across North West Canada in the wake of eighteenth-century explorer and fur trader Alexander Mackenzie. The team were the first to successfully complete this route in a birchbark canoe since 1793. Of all those who took part only Twigger completed the whole route.

In 2005 Twigger and Steve Mann made the first exploration of the Western Desert using a hand hauled wheeled trolley during which they discovered the tracks of László Almásy's baby Ford expedition of the 1930s.

Since 2006 Twigger has made regular desert journeys with the expedition group "The Explorer School". In 2009–2010 he became the first person to walk the entire 700 km of the Egyptian Great Sand Sea, following the route of German explorer Gerhard Rolhfs across the Egyptian Sahara.


  1. ^ a b c d e "Learning curve | The Guardian". Retrieved 30 October 2009.
  2. ^ a b Eisner, Robert (21 July 2002). "Where Prose Cannot Follow – The New York Times". Retrieved 30 October 2009.
  3. ^ "Sports Books: An angry white poet floors all his rivals – Sport". The Independent. 26 November 1998. Retrieved 30 October 2009.
  4. ^ Redfern, Simon (20 May 2007). "No pain, no gain with Tokyo's Riot Police ; BOOK OF THE WEEK ++ Angry White Pyjamas: Robert Twigger". The Independent on Sunday. Independent Print Limited. Archived from the original on 2 November 2012. Retrieved 15 September 2017. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  5. ^ "Big Snake – Series 1 – Episode 1 – Big Snake". Channel 4. Retrieved 30 October 2009.

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