Andrew Martin (novelist)

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Andrew Martin
Born (1962-07-06) 6 July 1962 (age 52)
York, England
Occupation Novelist
Genre Crime Fiction
Notable works Jim Stringer, Steam Detective

Andrew Martin (born 6 July 1962) is an English novelist and journalist.

Martin was brought up in Yorkshire, studied at Merton College, Oxford and qualified as a barrister. He has since worked as a freelance journalist for a number of publications while writing novels, starting with Bilton, a comic novel about journalists, and The Bobby Dazzlers, a comic novel set in the North of England, for which he was named Spectator Young Writer of the Year. The Guardian claimed Bilton and The Bobby Dazzlers "rank high in the lists of the best comic novels published in the past 10 years".[1]

His series of detective novels about Jim Stringer, a railwayman reassigned to the London and South Western Railway police in Edwardian England, includes The Necropolis Railway (set on the real London Necropolis Railway), The Blackpool Highflyer, The Lost Luggage Porter, Murder at Deviation Junction, Death on a Branch Line, The Last Train to Scarborough, The Somme Stations (Winner of the CWA Ellis Peters Historical Award 2011) and The Baghdad Railway Club.

He has also written a number of works of non-fiction: How to Get Things Really Flat: A Man's Guide to Ironing, Dusting and Other Household Arts; Ghoul Britannia, Notes on a Haunted Island, Underground Overground, A Passenger's History of the Tube and Flight by Elephant, the Untold Story of World War II's Most Daring Jungle Rescue about Gyles Mackrell and his Burmese, elephant-assisted wartime rescue mission, published in 2013. The Observer criticised the last for initially "languid storytelling" but said later parts of the book were "a great adventure", told in an authentically old-fashioned "stiff upper-lip" style.[2]

His works for television and radio include: Between the Lines, Railways in Fiction and Film, Disappearing Dad, Fathers in Literature, both in the Timeshift series and a five-part series for Radio 3, The Sound and The Fury.

Andrew Martin lives in north London with his wife and sons.


Jim Stringer, Steam Detective, novels


  1. ^ a b Marchant, Ian (11 September 2004). "Oysters and Bass". The Guardian. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  2. ^ East, Ben (7 July 2013). "Flight By Elephant by Andrew Martin – review". The Observer. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  3. ^ Fort, Tom (1 May 2012). "Underground Overground by Andrew Martin: review". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  4. ^ Self, Will (24 May 2012). "Underground, Overground by Andrew Martin – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 

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