Rob Bailey grew up in the village of Cumnor, on top of a hill known locally as Tumbledown Dick. Undoubtedly, this attuned his developing mind to suggestive sounding place names around the United Kingdom. Later acquainted with Oxford’s Crotch Crescent and Friar’s Entry, and then Swansea’s Salubrious Passage, Rob realised the worthiness of a project to photograph these places and research the etymology of these names. With co-writer and talented photographer, Ed Hurst, Rob wrote Rude Britain, Rude World, Rude UK and the US-friendly Dirty Signs. His fifth book 100 Things To Do When You’re Dead, was inspired by the tautology of the “100 things to do before you die” genre.
Outside of writing, Rob has performed for several years at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with his own comical mind-reading show.