Robert Ferguson worked at a number of jobs including postman, hospital porter, deckhand on a trawler, factory worker, cook, driver etc before enrolling as a student at UCL, London and taking a course in Scandinavian Studies. He graduated in 1980. In 1983 he emigrated to Norway and has made his home there since. He began his literary career as a radio dramatist and has written eleven original radio plays, twice winning the BBC Methuen Giles Cooper Award for Best Radio Drama. He has also translated and adapted for radio works by Knut Hamsun and Henrik Ibsen. His biography Enigma: The Life of Knut Hamsun was dramatized as a 6-part television series in 1996 by NRK (Norwegian State Television). Other books include biographies of Henrik Ibsen, Henry Miller and T.E. Hulme; a history of the Vikings; and two novels, published only in Norwegian. He also works as a translator. Recent translations include Lars Mytting's Norwegian Wood, which won the British Book Industry Award for Non-Fiction Book of the Year in 2016; and the four volumes of The Complete Paintings of Edvard Munch, of which he was co-translator. His latest work, Scandanavians: In Search of the Soul of the North, was published by Head of Zeus in 2016.