Born in Wales and educated at Exeter College, Oxford, where he gained a second in English Language and Literature, he moved permanently to Canada in 1980. He lived for several years prior to this in India, where he taught at Bangalore University and studied Sanskrit at the Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi.
While working on his first novel, The Palace of Fears, he worked as a television producer at the BBC, and then the CBC and Citytv in Toronto. He covered both the 1991 and 2003 Iraq wars for Harper's, winning numerous awards and accolades, including the 2005 inaugural PEN 'Paul Kidd Award for Courage in Journalism'.
His non-fiction writing has always received highly enthusiastic reviews, but is difficult to categorize, being more memoir, political critique and history than travelogue.
He is currently working on a historical novel on Queen Victoria's father, the Duke of Kent. He is also writing blog posts on his new website, http://www.paulwilliamroberts.com/
His works include:
• River in the Desert: Modern Travels in Ancient Egypt – 1992
• The Palace of Fears: a novel – 1994
• Empire of the Soul: Some Journeys in India – 1996
• Journey of the Magi: In Search of the Birth of Jesus – 1995
• The Demonic Comedy: Some Detours in the Baghdad of Saddam Hussein – 1997
• Smokescreen: One Man Against the Underworld – 2001
• A War Against Truth : An Intimate Account of the Invasion of Iraq – 2004
• Homeland: a novel – 2006