Edmond studied Anthropology and English, graduating MA in English from Victoria University of Wellington. He spent a year working as a junior lecturer before joining avant garde theatre group Red Mole, with whom he spent five years as a writer and actor. He moved to Sydney, Australia in 1981.
Martin's books include Streets of Music (1980), Houses, Days, Skies (1988), The Autobiography of My Father (1992), and The Resurrection of Philip Clairmont (1999). The Autobiography of My Father was nominated for a 1993 Wattie's Book Award, and The Resurrection of Philip Clairmont was a finalist in the 2000 Montana New Zealand Book Awards. Dark Night (2011) is a partial Colin McCahon biography, and was successful in Australia. The Dreaming Land (2015) is a personal tale of a 1950s and 60s childhood in New Zealand. His 2017 book The Expatriates (Bridget Williams Books, ISBN 978-19885-33179) is a history of four extraordinary New Zealanders: Harold Williams, Ronald Syme, John Platts-Mills, and Joe Trapp; Edmond used research material passed on by the late James McNeish.
Awards and honors
- 2004 Landfall Essay Competition
- 2005 Montana New Zealand Book Award in Biography for Chronicle of the Unsung
- 2013 Prime Minister's Awards for Literary Achievement
- 2015 Michael King Writers Fellowship
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