Andrew Martin (novelist)

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".

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. In summer 2017, he released 'Soot' an acclaimed crime novel set in 18th century York.

He has also written a number of works of non-fiction. Railway-related titles include ''Underground Overground, A Passenger's History of the Tube;'' ''Belles and Whistles, Five Journeys Through Time on Britain's Trains'' and ''Night Trains, The Rise and Fall of the Sleeper''.

Other non-fiction works include ''How to Get Things Really Flat''; ''Ghoul Britannia'' and ''Flight by Elephant'' 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. Provided by Wikipedia
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