Writer and academic Robert Giddings, was educated at the University of Bristol and the University of Keele. He has published some twenty books, written for various journals and periodicals (including The Listener, New Statesman, Tribune, New Society) and for BBC radio and television.
He has taught in colleges and university (including teaching college in St. Louis, MO) for over forty years and is Professor Emeritus, School of Media Arts and Communication, Bournemouth University.
Disabled since boyhood (polio/wheelchair) and has a lifelong interest in disability issues and the social definition of disability.
His autobiography, You Should See Me in Pyjamas, published in 1981, is soon to be complemented by a second volume, From Where I am Sitting. He has published on war and writing about war – The War Poets 1914-1918, Literature and Imperialism, Echoes of War, Imperial Echoes and volumes on Dickens, Mark Twain, J.R.R. Tolkien, Smollett.
His main academic interests are in the production, distribution and consumption of culture, and the reproduction of culture from generation to generation. He is a devout Dickensian. (The Changing World of Charles Dickens 1983, Charles Dickens: A Student Guide 2003 and frequent contributions to The Dickensian and other journals). His other main interests include 18th and 19th century literature, in broadcasting and film. He has a particular interest in the dramatization of classical novels in television and film.