Martin

Martin at Lanercost PrioryMartin was born in Carlisle in 1964.

One book he read as a youngster remains his favourite today. ‘Alexandra Dumas’ The Three Musketeers has it all: action, adventure, romance, intrigue, betrayal. It’s just a fantastic book that I keep going back to.’

Apart from Dumas, he lists Bill Bryson, George MacDonald Fraser, Simon Schama and Niall Ferguson amongst his favourite writers and historians. ‘As I love period works and my favourite literary characters are Sherlock Holmes and John Watson, I would have to include Conan Doyle, Dickens, Christie and Wodehouse in that list too.’

After leaving school and having a couple of jobs, Martin started a seventeen-year career with the Post Office, which included a ten-year  period working and living in Cheshire. It was when he was living there that he first ventured seriously into writing, publishing his first book in 2000 - an event he describes as '...a road to Damascus moment.' The book itself was about his inspirational great, great grandfather Isaac Scott and proved a watershed moment in his career: he left the Post Office and moved back to Carlisle intent on developing his writing further.

Isaac was a soldier during the nineteenth century and in For Queen and Cumberland , Martin tells his story and those of two other ancestors from working class backgrounds who joined the army to fight in Victoria's foreign wars.

It was followed by the First World War book, Anonymous Heroes which also links Martin's interest in local and family history, with the wider social, political and military history that most people are familiar with.

Another inspiration for Martin is his home city and its history which always features strongly in his books, whether fiction or non-fiction.

The Adventure of the Spanish Drums is a Sherlock Holmes pastiche set in Carlisle. In the Spanish Drums, Martin introduces his own detective, Inspector Cornelius Armstrong. The first volume of Armstrong's own adventures was published in 2011 and with it, Martin became a member of the Crime Writers' Association. The second volume of Armstrong stories was published in summer 2013.

Summer 2012 saw the publication of Fourth, First & Fulham - Martin's take on Carlisle United's golden era in the 1960s and 70s.

A second book on Carlisle United was published in March 2014. It tells the story of their adventure in the 1951 F.A. Cup, an event that saw the whole city being swept away with the romance of a glamour tie against the biggest club in the country. The Day We Went To Arsenal was shortlisted for the Lakeland Book Prize in 2015.

Martin runs his own workplace investigation business MDIS and is a member of the Academy of Professional Investigation. He lives with his wife Wendy, near Carlisle.

 


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