Martin Wainwright

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Martin Wainwright MBE is a British journalist and author. He left The Guardian after 37 years at the end of March 2013.[1]

Early life[edit]

He was born in Leeds,[2] and educated at Shrewsbury School and Oxford University. His father Richard Wainwright was the Liberal MP for Colne Valley (1966–70, February 1974–87) after a career in accountancy.[3]


Wainwright was The Guardian's Northern Editor[2] for seventeen years until the end of 2012, when he was succeeded by Helen Pidd.[1] His contributions to the newspaper have mostly reflected this emphasis[4] but not exclusively.[5]

He has written several books on northern or countryside topics, including a biography of the unrelated Alfred Wainwright and a guide to the Coast to Coast Walk. Other books are on the Morris Minor and Mini cars. He writes a blog about another interest, moths.[6]

Wainwright was awarded an MBE in the 2000 New Year Honours, "For services to the National Lottery Charities Board in Yorkshire and Humberside."[7]

He was awarded an honorary degree by the University of Leeds in 2013.[8]

Personal life[edit]

He is chair of the trustees of the Scurrah Wainwright Charity,[9][10] and a trustee of the Andrew Wainwright Reform Trust.[11]

One of Martin Wainwright's two sisters, Hilary, is the radical academic who has long been associated with the Red Pepper magazine.

His two sons are both journalists – Oliver[12] is the Guardian's architecture and design critic[13] and Tom is the Economist's Mexico City bureau chief.[14]

Selected publications[edit]

  • Wainwright: the Man Who Loved the Lakes, 2007, BBC Books, ISBN 978-1-84607-294-9
  • Guardian Book of the Countryside (By Ruth Petrie & Martin Wainwright), 2008, Cornerstone, ISBN 978-0-85265-109-4
  • A Mini Adventure: 50 years of the iconic small car, 2009, Aurum Press, ISBN 978-1-84513-471-6
  • True North 2009, Guardian Books, ISBN 978-0-85265-213-8
  • Morris Minor; the Biography: sixty years of Britain's favourite car 2010, Aurum Press, ISBN 978-1-84513-509-6
  • The Coast to Coast Walk (Recreational Path Guides), 2010 (revised ed), Aurum Press, ISBN 978-1-84513-560-7
  • Wild City: Encounters with Urban Wildlife, 25 May 2011, Aurum Press, ISBN 978-1-84513-529-4


  1. ^ a b Martin Wainwright "The Northerner - into 2013", The Guardian (blog), 31 December 2012
  2. ^ a b "Martin Wainwright: Profile". The Guardian. London. 3 October 2007. Retrieved 14 February 2011.
  3. ^ Barnes, John (5 Feb 2003). "Obituary: Richard Wainwright". The Independent. London. Retrieved 15 February 2011.
  4. ^ "Martin Wainwright". Journalisted. Retrieved 14 February 2011. (Listing of published articles)
  5. ^ Wainwright, Martin (20 December 2010). "Ministers fight to keep Queen's head on stamps after sell-off". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 14 February 2011.
  6. ^ "Martin's Moths". Retrieved 15 February 2011.
  7. ^ "No. 55710". The London Gazette (Supplement). 30 December 1999. p. 33.
  8. ^ "University of Leeds honours outstanding achievements". University News. University of Leeds. July 11, 2013. Retrieved December 28, 2016.
  9. ^ "The Scurrah Wainwright Charity". The Wainwright Trusts. Retrieved 4 July 2011.
  10. ^ Charity Commission. The Scurrah Wainwright Charity, registered charity no. 1002755.
  11. ^ "The Andrew Wainwright Reform Trust". The Wainwright Trusts. Retrieved 4 July 2011.
  12. ^ "Oliver Wainwright". The Guardian. London. 3 October 2012.
  13. ^ Wainwright, Oliver (22 November 2006). "Games on". The Guardian. London.
  14. ^ Tom Wainwright at

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