Robert Edric is the pseudonym of Gary Edric Armitage and he writes under both names. He is a prolific author who never stints on quality, as evidenced by his 2002 and 2006 longlistings.
Edric has published 28 novels since 1985 including My Own Worst Enemy, a memoir of his tough upbringing in Sheffield in the 1960s. Although not a recluse, Edric does not seek the public’s eye but prefers to immerse himself in his book ideas, random chapters of which he can let steep for a year or more. ‘I write and write and write until I’m exhausted and don’t want to do it anymore,’ he has said, ‘and then I go back to create some kind of order out of that particular chaos.’