Christopher Robbins, the Blighty scribe and journo who penned “Air America” and other pieces of non-fiction, died of pancreatic cancer on Dec. 24. He was 66.
A native of Bristol, Robbins honed his craft as a student writing jazz criticism for the Telegraph. More formal training came on The Stroud News and Journal, after which he freelanced for various papers and magazines Stateside and in Europe.
Investigative articles for the Observer magazine on CIA assassination plots gave way to his first opus, “Assassin,” after which he wrote two books about Vietnam, “Air America” and “The Ravens.” Former turned into a Mel Gibson-starrer, with Robbins penning the script.
Other tomes include “A Test of Courage,” a bio on WWII survivor and language teacher Michel Thomas, and “The Empress of Ireland: A Chronicle of an Unusual Friendship,” a memoir that won the Saga Prize for wit.
Robbins also wrote about former Soviet satellites such as Kazakhstan, Kyrgyztan and Azerbaijan, publishing “In Search of Kazakhstan: The Land That Disappeared” in 2007.
He is survived by his wife, scribe-helmer, Mary Agnes Donoghue.