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Published by Regan Arts.
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

What can we learn from a young life beautifully lived, especially when that life is put to the ultimate test? What truths are meant to flourish long after any one individual stops walking this earth?

Nineteen is a book of nineteen lessons learned from Haydn Robarts, whose short life profoundly changed all around him. Written by his father, Adam Robarts, Nineteen combines personal memoir, reader-directed lessons, insights from religion and science, and perspectives from Hadyn’s parents. The result is a work that ultimately inspires an awareness, an awakening, and a mindset toward living this precious life with purpose and clarity. It will leave you in awe of a young man who contributed so much in such a brief time and also in awe of the possibilities for your own life.

The philosopher is not influenced by praise or blame. He knows the truth and is not afraid, regardless of what happens to him in this world. 
—Tao Te Ching, LXVII

Live a life filled with joy and try to consciously consider how to bring joy to the lives of those around you as well.
—Haydn Robarts

“Haydn’s message is pure inspiration.”
—Rainn Wilson, actor, producer, author of New York Times bestseller SoulPancake: Chew on Life’s Big Questions

“Enough! I was in tears reading Haydn’s story and the lessons learned from this inspiring young man. The beauty of Nineteen is that those are tears of sadness blended with tears of joy.”
—Justin Baldoni, filmmaker, social activist, author of Amazon Editors’ pick (2021) Man Enough: Undefining My Masculinity


Adam Robarts was born in London and raised in Uganda and Kenya before moving back to the UK to read architecture at Cambridge University. In 1993, he moved to China to teach architecture at Tsinghua University in Beijing. Two years later, Adam was awarded the state-level Friendship Award – the highest honor China gives to foreign experts. In 1997, Adam and his wife, Karyn, opened their architecture and design studio in Beijing and, in 2007, Adam was inducted as an honorary member of the Interior Design Magazine Hall of Fame, awarded to outstanding designers for their significant contribution to architecture and interior design. 

Adam and Karyn have four children who were born and raised in China. They currently live in Bali, Indonesia, with their youngest son. 

In December 2018, during a family vacation in Canada, Adam was asked what he would choose to be if not an architect. He replied, without hesitation, “A hospice nurse.” Five years earlier, he’d had a profound experience accompanying his father through the final weeks of life before he died of cancer in Uganda. Adam could not have imagined then that nine months later he would begin to accompany his 19-year-old son Haydn through a similar battle. 

Nineteen, is Adam’s first book. It is written in collaboration with Karen Malmqvist and Lou Aronica. 



Karen Malmqvist is a recognized journalist, photographer and public speaker. She has written for leaders of nations as well as Fortune 500 companies around the world. She is the co-founder and Executive Director of live it up! and a high-altitude mountaineer.