Educated in arts and sciences, Robert Twigger studied Engineering briefly at Balliol College, Oxford, before changing to Philosophy. In the late 1980s he made several underground films and worked on the Raymond Briggs feature When the Wind Blows. He left the United Kingdom in 1991 and traveled and lived abroad for much of the next six years, in Japan, Indonesia, India and France.
His short work Zenslacker Manifesto, inspired partly by Zen and other teachings, was praised by The Idler founder Tom Hodgkinson as "Brilliant. Very wise." A substantial part of Zenslacker was subsequently published in The Idler.
In addition to having written six non-fiction/autobiographical travel books, he also writes articles for newspapers and magazines such as the Daily Telegraph, Maxim and Esquire, and this area of his work has led him to train in bullfighting in Spain and report on chain gangs in Arizona.
The autobiographical sequence that begins with Angry White Pyjamas and ends with Lost Oasis whilst using the conventional format of the travel book is a sustained meditation on such subjects as authenticity, the need for adventure and the role of the polymath.
His interest in polymathy has lead to a detailed study of the subject. One result of this is the polymathic main character Dr Ragab in the novel of the same name.
In talks he has given on "Lifeshifting", Twigger has emphasised the need to centre one's life around meaning-driven motives rather than financial or status-driven motivation. Drawing on his experiences working with indigenous peoples from around the world, he has spoken on 'work tribes' and 'modern nomadism'. Using material derived from studies in polymathy he has also taught various methods of rapid learning.
In 2004 he completed an epic three-year, two-thousand-mile journey across North West Canada in the wake of eighteenth-century explorer and trapper Alexander Mackenzie. Twigger and his team were the first to successfully complete this route since 1793.
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