Bobby Palmer

Posted by Sue Leonard on Friday 28th October 2022

Bobby has always wanted to create something.

“As a kid I wanted to be a comic book writer,” he says. “I was obsessed with drawing and colouring in.”

After university Bobby jumped straight into journalism.

“I wrote for a student newspaper called The Tab, then I landed my dream job on a magazine called Shortlist. It was given out free on the London tube. I was a lifestyle journalist, interviewing amazing people, and working with a great group of journalists. It was exciting, but after two years the magazine closed, and I went freelance.

“In 2018 I thought about writing fiction, and from the first page I knew I never wanted to do anything else.”

The first novel he completed didn’t sell, but he wrote Isaac and the Egg in Lockdown.

“I wrote it in four months,” he says. “And when it went out for sale in September 2020, I had my first offer within three days.”

Who is Bobby Palmer?

Date of birth: 1993 in Harpenden, Hertfordshire.

Education: Roundwood Park, Harpenden; Leeds University, English Language and Literature.

Home: Wadhurst, Sussex.

Family: Fiancée, Nina. “We’re going to be married next month. She’s my first reader – a great, and very necessary critic.”

The Day Job: Freelance journalism and copywriting. “Thanks to my deal, I’m now able to choose how much I want to do.”

In Another Life: “I was once in a band, but I’m a terrible singer. I’d love to have another shot at being a rockstar.”

Favourite Writers: Virginia Woolf; Italo Calvino; Sarah Winman; Emily St John Mandel; Neil Gaiman.

Second Novel: “I’m reworking it.”

Top Tip: “Get your first draft done. And be ruthless in your edits. (My strengths have come from writing my failed book.)”

Twitter: @thebobpalmer

The Debut: Isaac and the Egg. Headline Review: €15.99    Kindle: €8.29.

When Isaac walks into a wood, debating ending it all, he comes across a strange creature – one that will transform his life. But why is Isaac in such a state of limbo? What happened to interrupt his life, and what will it take for him to return to something resembling happiness? 

The Verdict: A strange but beautiful tale about grief, which can make you laugh – and cry – all on the same page.

Published in the Irish Examiner on 20th August.

Photo Credit, Ricardo Marques.

© Sue J Leonard. 2022.


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