What makes you happiest?
This wonderful life, despite its setbacks.
What’s your greatest character strength?
What’s your weakest character trait?
Why do you write?
It gives you two lives – the real one and the one you are creating.
Have you always enjoyed writing?
Yes, ever since a schoolboy.
What motivates you to write?
Originally being an actor in the theatre which led me to write plays.
What writing are you most proud of? (Add a link if you like)
Most of my plays to a greater or lesser extent (http://www.robinhawdon.com). My first and latest novel.
What are you most proud of in your personal life?
Ah, that’s for others to say.
What books did you love growing up?
Too numerous to list.
Who is your favorite author?
To many to choose.
What book genre of books do you adore?
All, but increasingly biogs.
The questions are always with us. Does God really exist? Are science and religion incompatible bedfellows? Charles Darwin shook philosophy to its foundations with his theory of evolution, yet strangely, he himself refrained from commenting in depth about the religious implications for fear of adding to the furor.
But suppose that he did in fact write down his conclusions as a secret addendum to his seminal work, Origin of Species. And suppose his beloved wife, Emma, who kept her own secret journal, was the only other person to know of this hidden postscript.
The novel Survival of the Fittest is the modern day story of the search for these two hugely significant works. An eccentric and endearing London antiquarian book dealer is hired by an equally eccentric American billionaire to track down the documents for his world famous collection of original manuscripts.
The complex investigation ranges across England, from historic towns and stately piles to prisons and Darwin homes, and involves a series of encounters ranging from the criminal to the romantic and the revelatory. Along the way, it explores the spiritual struggle within the extraordinary Darwin household, and the effects of that same struggle on the creators of the atom bomb and on modern terrorists.
Do we want to know the answer, or will it stir up a hornet’s nest?
This dramatic investigation of man’s spiritual dilemma occupies the spaces between authors Dan Brown and Richard Dawkins.
About the Author:
Robin Hawdon is one of Britain’s most prolific playwrights. His plays have been seen in over forty countries. At any one moment there may be over a dozen productions running across the USA, Europe, and elsewhere. This is his third novel.
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Genre – Detective, philosophy, religion, historical
Rating – G
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