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Meet the Author - Robin Plummer

Robin Plummer was born in North London and attended university at Newcastle Upon Tyne Polytechnic, now Northumbria University in 1975 where he studied Electrical and Electronic Engineering BSc (Hons). He came top of both his first and final years. Robin married Pat Firmin on 15th Oct 1974. They had three children one girl (Katy) and two boys (Ross and Christopher). 

Robin worked for a number of companies, but most notably British Telecom International, on one of the biggest projects ever undertaken in cooperation and commissioned by the Libyan government: the Libyan Coaxial Cable project – whose goal was to place two telephones and tv into every home in Libya. Durring this time he was taken hostage by one of Colonel Gaddafi's Libyan Revolutionary Committees and held for nine months.

The stress of the Libyan Hostage Situation took its toll on Robin and Pat's marriage and they divorced February 1994 nine years post their ordeal and shortly prior to her death from MS in 1996. 

Robin continues to work as a Management Consultant and Interim Director, specializing in Turnaround. He has written a book, A Brush With Madness detailing the Libyan Hostage Situation and speaks publicly and lectures on his experiences as a hostage. Robin since has remarried Rachel Russell who acted as editor to his autobiographical account of his time in Libya. They have a daughter.

His love of sports continues to this day including scuba diving and martial arts, mainly Aikido. Robin is a keen and talented musician composing his own works for jazz saxophone, piano and guitar. And he loves to lindy hop. 

Robin has not to date been back to Libya.

An Interview with Robin Plummer

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Why did it take so long to write the book?
 
 
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Were you treated well?
 
 
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Were you tortured?
 
 
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Did the British Government do much to get you out?
 
 
Q.
Did you ever meet Colonel Gaddafi?
 
 
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What is Col Gaddafi like?
 
 
Q.
What are Libyans like?
 
 
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What's solitary confinement like?
 
 
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How did you survive?
 
 
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What happened when you got back home?
 
 
Robin Plummer

Robin Plummer

the last interview

The last Interview. 

home at last

The iconic image at Gatwick 1985