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Martyn Beardsley - Author

About the Author

Martyn Beardsley has lived in Nottingham all his life. A civil servant for many years, he is now concentrating on his writing career. As well as being a children's author, one of his great passions is history. In 2002 he published a biography of Sir John Franklin, the Arctic explorer. A committed Buddhist, he is interested in reading, sport, keep-fit and yoga. Martyn Beardsley is married with one daughter and a mad dog.

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The Gunpowder Plot Deceit

The Gunpowder Plot Deceit

Author: Martyn Beardsley Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/10/2018

Most people think they know the story of the Gunpowder Plot, and of how a bloody catastrophe was averted at the eleventh hour when Guy Fawkes was caught lurking in the shadows beneath the Houses of Parliament. But what if it wasn't like that at all? How was it that a group of prominent, disaffected Catholics were able to plot for months with apparent impunity? How could they openly rent a house next door to the House of Lords and use it as their base - right under the nose of the leading spymaster of the age, Robert Cecil? How could they have hacked a tunnel towards their target and dispose of tonnes of spoil without alerting anyone - and why is there no record of anyone ever having seen such a tunnel? This book explores the idea that the government was not only aware of what the plotters were up to long before Fawkes' arrest, but that agent-provocateurs may have given them a helping hand - or have even instigated the plot themselves.

The Ghosts of Blackbottle Rock

The Ghosts of Blackbottle Rock

Author: Martyn Beardsley Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/12/2017

In a small Cornish fishing village, Charlie spots a man destroying old genealogical records and he suspects the stranger's activity might be linked to a bigger crime than simple vandalism. Later, when he meets two local children - self-styled ghost hunters - it becomes clear to Charlie that the man's strange behaviour is linked to a local haunting. Join Charlie and his friends as the ghostly strands of their mysterious tale converge... 2018 Winner of the Holyer an Gof Publishers' Award in 'Books for Young Adults'

Waterloo Voices 1815 The Battle at First Hand

Waterloo Voices 1815 The Battle at First Hand

Author: Martyn Beardsley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/09/2017

The Battle of Waterloo, fought over the course of a day on a muddy field in Belgium, brought an end to two decades of war in Europe. It had been a draining conflict, both financially and in terms of human life, and had threatened the very sovereignty of numerous nations. Here, at the crisis point, Bonaparte and Wellington faced each other at last and fought for control of the continent. The tale of the battle that ended the Napoleonic Wars has been told many times, but most often in terms of the political and military situation, debates over strategies, tactics and the broader global arena. In this book, the story is told by those who were present, in their own words. The accounts come from letters, diaries and published accounts, sometimes recounted many years later, the eyewitness testimonies of officers and ordinary soldiers, friend and foe. This gripping collection of first-hand experiences lets us feel the deafening roar of cannon, hear the anguished cries of the wounded and marvel at the heroism on both sides, at the very heart of a battle that was to prove one of the major turning points in European history.

Waterloo Voices 1815 The Battle at First Hand

Waterloo Voices 1815 The Battle at First Hand

Author: Martyn Beardsley Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/05/2015

Believe me, nothing except a battle lost can be half so melancholy as a battle won - Wellington The Battle of Waterloo, fought over the course of a day on a muddy field in Belgium, brought an end to two decades of war in Europe. It had been a draining conflict, both financially and in terms of human life, and had threatened the very sovereignty of numerous nations. Here, at the crisis point, Bonaparte and Wellington faced each other at last and fought for control of the continent. The tale of the battle that ended the Napoleonic Wars has been told many times, but most often in terms of the political and military situation, debates over strategies, tactics and the broader global arena. In this book, the story is told by those who were present, in their own words. The accounts come from letters, diaries and published accounts, sometimes recounted many years later, the eyewitness testimonies of officers and ordinary soldiers, friend and foe. This gripping collection of first-hand experiences lets us feel the deafening roar of cannon, hear the anguished cries of the wounded and marvel at the heroism on both sides, at the very heart of a battle that was to prove one of the major turning points in European history.

Project X Origins: Dark Blue Book Band, Oxford Level 15: Endangered: Class Pack of 30

Project X Origins: Dark Blue Book Band, Oxford Level 15: Endangered: Class Pack of 30

Author: Martyn Beardsley, Jan Burchett, Sara Vogler, Deborah Chancellor Format: Undefined Release Date: 09/01/2014

Project X Origins is a ground-breaking guided reading programme for the whole school. Action-packed stories, fascinating non-fiction and comprehensive guided reading support meet the needs of children at every stage of their reading development. Each book contains inside cover notes that highlight challenge words, prompt questions and a range of follow-up activities to support children in their reading. Project X Origins guided reading notes offer step-by-step teaching support for each book with guidance about phonics, comprehension, vocabulary, fluency, spelling, grammar, punctuation and writing. Each set of notes has in-built assessment and is fully correlated to all UK curricula. This pack contains 1 set of guided reading notes and 30 reading books, 6 of each of: The Swarm, Piranha!, The Amazon, Big Game Adventure, Facing Danger.

Project X Origins: Dark Red Book Band, Oxford Level 17: Extreme: The Lost City

Project X Origins: Dark Red Book Band, Oxford Level 17: Extreme: The Lost City

Author: Martyn Beardsley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2014

Project X Origins is a ground-breaking guided reading programme for the whole school. Action-packed stories, fascinating non-fiction and comprehensive guided reading support meet the needs of children at every stage of their reading development. In The Lost City Team X set off into the deepest, darkest jungle of Peru. They are in search of the Lost City of Ambatchi but will the crook, Clyde Katch, find it first? Each book contains inside cover notes that highlight challenge words, prompt questions and a range of follow-up activities to support children in their reading.

Project X Origins: Dark Blue Book Band, Oxford Level 15: Endangered: The Swarm

Project X Origins: Dark Blue Book Band, Oxford Level 15: Endangered: The Swarm

Author: Martyn Beardsley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2014

Project X Origins is a ground-breaking guided reading programme for the whole school. Action-packed stories, fascinating non-fiction and comprehensive guided reading support meet the needs of children at every stage of their reading development. In The Swarm Team X are on a mission to discover why all the bees around the world are disappearing. Their investigations lead them to the Sahara Desert, where they discover the Collector's cunning plan. Each book contains inside cover notes that highlight challenge words, prompt questions and a range of follow-up activities to support children in their reading.

Project X Origins: Dark Blue Book Band, Oxford Level 15: Endangered: Mixed Pack of 5

Project X Origins: Dark Blue Book Band, Oxford Level 15: Endangered: Mixed Pack of 5

Author: Martyn Beardsley, Jan Burchett, Sara Vogler, Deborah Chancellor Format: Undefined Release Date: 09/01/2014

Project X Origins is a ground-breaking guided reading programme for the whole school. Action-packed stories, fascinating non-fiction and comprehensive guided reading support meet the needs of children at every stage of their reading development. Each book contains inside cover notes that highlight challenge words, prompt questions and a range of follow-up activities to support children in their reading. Project X Origins guided reading notes offer step-by-step teaching support for each book with guidance about phonics, comprehension, vocabulary, fluency, spelling, grammar, punctuation and writing. Each set of notes has in-built assessment and is fully correlated to all UK curricula. This pack contains 1 set of guided reading notes and 5 reading books, 1 of each of: The Swarm, Piranha!, The Amazon, Big Game Adventure, Facing Danger.

Project X Origins: Dark Blue Book Band, Oxford Level 16: Hidden Depths: Beneath the Ice

Project X Origins: Dark Blue Book Band, Oxford Level 16: Hidden Depths: Beneath the Ice

Author: Martyn Beardsley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2014

Project X Origins is a ground-breaking guided reading programme for the whole school. Action-packed stories, fascinating non-fiction and comprehensive guided reading support meet the needs of children at every stage of their reading development. How do ships sail through the freezing waters of the Arctic? What secrets do the chilly depths hold about those who tried to sail through the ice? Find out all about the ice explorers in Beneath the Ice. Each book contains inside cover notes that highlight challenge words, prompt questions and a range of follow-up activities to support children in their reading.

Sir John Franklin

Sir John Franklin

Author: Martyn Beardsley Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/05/2005

In the summer of 1820 Captain John Franklin set off with his men on an expedition to the North Pole on a ship. Since the North Pole is made mostly ice this was a strange thing to do. But John was convinced he could find a way through to the little known lands on the other side. His first attempt failed and he found himself face to face with death, lying shipwrecked and starving. He was forced to eat his own boots to survive! But John never gave up the dream of venturing where no one had managed to venture before and find a passage by ship through the Arctic

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