You will know my uncle as a writer of compelling thrillers.
Robert Ludlum is one of the bestselling authors of all time, with works including The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum. Those books have been turned into astonishingly successful films starring Matt Damon as CIA assassin Jason Bourne.
Robert was, of course, a wealthy man.
He sold more than half a billion novels around the world and earned millions of pounds to match. With it came the lifestyle and acquisitions of an international playboy. There were beachfront homes, private jets and globetrotting adventures.
To me, though, Robert was family, the husband of my mother’s sister. Not only was I his nephew, I later became his personal physician. My earliest memory of this larger-than-life character is him arriving at our house in the Fifties behind the wheel of his pink Cadillac convertible. As a child I had often played at his home, and as an adult – he was nearly 20 years my senior – we became very close.
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