Robert Sims grew up in Melbourne, going straight from high school to a job with the Herald & Weekly Times in Flinders Street. This was to involve stints at The Sun, 3DB radio, The Sydney Morning Herald and the Papua New Guinea Post-Courier. He took a career break from journalism to complete a degree in Politics & Philosophy. After that he spent more than 20 years in London working for Independent Radio News and ITN. More recently, he's done freelance radio work with the BBC while polishing up the script of The Shadow Maker. Robert and his wife and young son divide their time between London and Melbourne.