Andrew Martin (novelist)
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6 July 1962 |
|Notable works||Jim Stringer, Steam Detective|
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.
His series of detective novels about Jim Stringer, a railwayman reassigned to the North Eastern 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.
In 2015, he released The Yellow Diamond, A Crime of the Super-Rich, a detective novel set in London's Mayfair.
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; Belles and Whistles, Five Journeys Through Time on Britain's Trains, 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. In addition, he is the editor of a dictionary of humorous quotations: Funny You Should Say That: A Compendium of Jokes, Quips and Quotations from Cicero to the Simpsons.
His works for television and radio include: Between the Lines, Railways in Fiction and Film (2008), Disappearing Dad, Fathers in Literature (2010), The Trains that Time Forgot: Britain's Lost Railway Journeys (2015), all in the Timeshift series, and three essay series for Radio 3, The Sound and The Fury (2013), England Ejects (2014), The Further Realm (2015).
Andrew Martin lives in north London with his wife and sons.
- Bilton. Faber & Faber. 1999. ISBN 0-571-19565-2.
- The Bobby Dazzlers. Faber & Faber. 2002. ISBN 0-571-21229-8.
- The Yellow Diamond, Faber & Faber, 2015. ISBN 978-0-571-28820-5
- Jim Stringer, Steam Detective, novels
- The Necropolis Railway. Faber & Faber. 2002. ISBN 0-571-20991-2.
- The Blackpool Highflyer. Faber & Faber. 2005. ISBN 0-571-21902-0.
- The Lost Luggage Porter. Faber & Faber. 2007. ISBN 0-571-21904-7.
- Murder at Deviation Junction. Faber & Faber. 2008. ISBN 0-571-22966-2.
- Death on a Branch Line. Faber & Faber. 2008. ISBN 0-571-22967-0.
- The Last Train to Scarborough. Faber & Faber. 2009. ISBN 0-571-22969-7.
- The Somme Stations. Faber & Faber. 2011. ISBN 0-5712-4964-7.
- The Baghdad Railway Club. Faber & Faber. 2012. ISBN 0-5712-4961-2.
- Night Train to Jamalpur. Faber & Faber. 2014. ISBN 0-5712-8410-8.
- How to Get Things Really Flat: A Man's Guide to Ironing, Dusting and Other Household Arts. Short Books. 2008. ISBN 1-906021-46-5
- Funny You Should Say That: A Compendium of Jokes, Quips and Quotations from Cicero to the Simpsons. Penguin 2006. ISBN 978-0140515091.
- Ghoul Britannia, Notes on a Haunted Island. Short Books. 2009. ISBN 1-906021-85-6
- Underground, Overground: A Passenger's History of the Tube. Profile Books. 2012. ISBN 1-846684-77-3
- Flight by Elephant, World War II's most Daring Jungle Mission. Fourth Estate. 2013. ISBN 0007461526
- Belles & Whistles, Five Journeys Through Time on Britain's Trains. Profile Books, 2014. ISBN 9781 78125 212 3.
- Marchant, Ian (11 September 2004). "Oysters and Bass". The Guardian. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
- "Andrew Martin home page". Retrieved 23 July 2015.
- Fort, Tom (1 May 2012). "Underground Overground by Andrew Martin: review". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
- Self, Will (24 May 2012). "Underground, Overground by Andrew Martin – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 10 January 2014.