Robin Ratchford has lived in six different countries and visited more than 130 countries and territories on all seven continents. Looking back, he thinks collecting colourful stamps from the age of six first sparked his interest in foreign countries and cultures all over the world. Travel, adventure and discovery are central themes in his life. The people he meets and the cultures he has experienced are a constant inspiration for Robin’s writing. Like many writers, he blends personal experience and observation with imagination. Born in the United Kingdom, Robin is currently based in Belgium. He counts learning and improving his knowledge of several European languages among his constant passions. He and his faithful companion Mortimer the Fox Terrier live in Brussels.

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From Souk to Souk is based on Robin Ratchford’s journeys across the Middle East. From the historic bazaar of Aleppo in Syria before it was destroyed to the street markets of Baghdad, Robin offers an innovative account of his travels across the region with its ancient cities and glittering metropolises. From Souk to Souk breaks the rules of the traditional travelogue. Robin takes the many challenges this volatile part of the world faces and gives them a more human perspective, providing a new way to view these countries steeped in history. With his vivid descriptions, Robin shows us why the Middle East has always caught the imagination of those who visit it. Experience the sights, sounds, flavours and fragrances of these extraordinary places as if you were really there and join Robin on an atmospheric journey From Souk to Souk.