Robert Penn has contributed features, comment and book reviews to the Guardian, Observer, Financial Times, Hindustan Times, Sunday Times, Independent on Sunday, Wall Street Journal and Conde Nast Traveller, writing and reporting from over forty different countries. A handful of examples from two decades of journalism follow:


Guardian - May 2016

Guardian - May 2016

She became the fastest woman to pedal solo around the world after her partner was killed by a crocodile. Fellow round-the-world cyclist Rob Penn meets Juliana Buhring in Italy

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Financial Times - December 2015

Financial Times - December 2015

Making a longbow: playing the devil’s harpsichord

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Guardian Review - November 2015

Guardian Review - November 2015

Trees in winter reflect the deepest connections between humans and nature, writes Robert Penn

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Independent on Sunday - October 2015

Independent on Sunday - October 2015

Who’s a lumbersexual now? On the simple pleasure of chopping firewood

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Observer - October 2015

Observer - October 2015

Spending more time ‘forest bathing’ can have a positive effect on depression. Rob Penn on what we owe trees

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Independent on Sunday - May 2015

Independent on Sunday - May 2015

Cycling obsessive Rob Penn convinces his wife to saddle up:

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The Independent - Sunday 23 March 2014

The Independent - Sunday 23 March 2014

Freddie Flintoff’s extraordinary 1,200km bike ride through the heart of the Amazon rainforest

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Independent on Sunday - Sunday 9 March 2014

Independent on Sunday - Sunday 9 March 2014

Can our trees be saved from big timber, rampant disease and global warming?

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Guardian - Saturday 10 November 2012

Guardian - Saturday 10 November 2012

Even Bradley Wiggins gets knocked off, but cycling is still worth the pain

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Guardian - Sunday May 1 2011

Guardian - Sunday May 1 2011

Snowdonia: A head for heights

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Financial Times Weekend - June 26th 2010

Financial Times Weekend - June 26th 2010

Cycling: ‘Climbers are an elite breed’

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Financial Times

Financial Times

Cycling Tour de France’s toughest leg

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  • Sunday Telegraph

    ‘It is difficult not to be swept along by Penn’s enthusiasm… He writes with authority, humour and refreshing candour.’
    – Charles Starmer-Smith –
  • Sunday Times

    ‘He writes with a Bill-Brysonesque facility for concentrating a lot of information and research into an easy-to-read and surprisingly compelling tale.’
    – Tim Dawson –
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