Robert Bhatia is Helen Forrester's only child. As a boy, he lived on Merseyside for a time and attended school where he learned to dance the Twist to the music of the Beatles. Thereafter, he developed a keen interest in, and appreciation for, English culture and history. Trained as an economist, he became a senior civil servant in Alberta, Canada. He and his wife live in Edmonton, as do their two adult children.
Praise for Helen Forrester:
'It was the biography that I would have written if my parents had not been given benefits, if they'd had to rely on parish hand outs ... [I] want to press this book into your hands and go, "You must read this".' Caitlin Moran
'Remarkable that from so bleak and unloving a background came a writer of such affectionate understanding and unsettling honesty' Sunday Telegraph
'What makes this writer's self-told tale so memorable?... An
absolute recall, a genius for the unforgettable detail, the rare
chance of subject'
The Good Book Guide
'Should be long and widely read as an extraordinary human story and social document' Observer