Matthew Branton

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Matthew Branton (born 1968) is a British novelist and author. He is noted for interrupting a successful career by publishing his fifth novel as a free download during the invasion of Iraq in 2003.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Branton grew up in Sevenoaks, Kent and was educated at Sheffield City Polytechnic where as an undergraduate he was taught by the Montserratian poet, playwright, and novelist E A Markham, and as a postgraduate by the British novelist Lesley Glaister. His first novel The Love Parade was published in 1997; The House of Whacks in 1999; Coast in 2000; The Hired Gun in 2001. Non-fiction includes Write a Bestselling Thriller published in 2012.

Branton published his fifth novel The Tie and the Crest as a free download in April 2003, to protest UK involvement in the invasion of Iraq.[2] His novels, though commercially successful, are understood to belong to the outsider-art and politically-radical creative traditions, as does his work since 2003, usually published unsigned and unpublicized, frequently via social media.[3]


  1. ^ Sawyer, Miranda (13 April 2003). "Matthew and Sun". The Guardian.
  2. ^ Leith, William (2003-04-13). "Live Fast, Die Happy". The Independent.
  3. ^ Fernandez, Jose Francisco (2013). The New Puritan Generation. UK: Gylphi. p. 32. ISBN 978-1780240152.