Who is Gavin R Dobson?
Gavin was born in Germany and schooled in France & the UK. After graduating from Dundee and Edinburgh universities he worked over 30 years in the global finance industry. He has lived variously in Edinburgh, London, Chicago and New York.
In the late 1990s he moved to rural Scotland, where he now combines writing with farming. His first published book was The Global Investor (Probus/McGraw-Hill), an investment textbook. This was followed by five volumes of short stories, The Geordie Kinloch Quintet (Librario and LP 2005-2020), which describe episodes in the colourful life of a young Scot as he travels and works around the world. The author has been inspired by many people he’s met and places he has visited, but the stories are fiction. One of his greatest influences is Guy de Maupassant, and his stories have been compared to the writings of O Henry and Anthony Powell.
In 2011 Gavin’s first novel, The Price of Redemption (Librario) was published to good reviews. It is fiction, but draws extensively from the author’s experiences in the global asset management industry from the 1980s to the 2000s. One reviewer asked, “Is this the next cult novel of the City and Wall Street?” Keeping company with Liar’s Poker, The Great Gatsby and Bonfire of the Vanities, The Price of Redemption has been high in Goodreads’ rankings of financial fiction since it was published in 2011.
Gavin’s second novel, The Road to Givenchy, was published in a special hardback edition in 2015. Dedicated to the memory of two great uncles killed in the First World War, the novel describes the life which they might have lived if they’d survived the War. This edition sold out, its fast-paced adventures compared to works by John Buchan and Siegfried Sassoon. He is now working on a sequel, as well as a revised version of the first edition.
In a creative collaboration with the popular illustrator Bonny Kinloch, Gavin has written three books for children which are proving popular in the 3 to 9 age group. Not so Faraway Tales, Monkey Tales & Sticky Sparrows, and Bumblebees, Bulldogs & Beavers were published between 2012 and 2017. Sadly Bonny died in early 2023 at her home in Ibiza, so plans for further sequels have ended.
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