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Martin Baker read law at Brasenose College, Oxford, and qualified as a solicitor in the City before entering journalism. He currently writes for the Daily Telegraph and the Independent on Sunday and has worked previously for The Times, the Independent and Sunday Business and written columns for the Sunday Telegraph and the Observer. He was editor-in-chief of the now defunct online site, the street.co.uk and was the personal investment editor of the International Herald Tribune in Paris for seven years. He has won an number of awards for journalism, including the Citicorp Grand Award for Excellence.
He lives in London, surrounded by many children, and is married to City fund manager Nicola Horlick.
January 2008 Debut of the Month.A slick fast paced financial thriller from a journalist turned novelist. Samuel Spendlove is a brilliant but bored academic lured into the world of high finance by a controlling media mogul in the mood for revenge. However, all is not as it seems and he has stumbled into something a lot larger and more dangerous (but a lot more exciting than academia!). The characters are colourful the plot increasingly byzantine but all in all a highly distracting read. We believe its part of a 3 book series so we look forward to the next two!
Imagine a piece of technology so valuable that it turns the world's two most powerful lobbies - the oil industry and the arms trade - against one another. Yavlinsky, a brilliant Russian scientist has created a piece of wonder-technology; a drilling process that uses the forces of supercavitation. Named 'Version Thirteen', it enables oil explorers to take 40 per cent more oil out of the ground - it's worth trillions. But there's a problem. Supercavitation is also the basis for highly sophisticated weaponry - submarines and torpedoes that can travel at hundreds of kilometres per hour beneath the sea. Russian arms dealers have been selling this technology to Iran since the 1980s. If the revolutionary oil-drilling technology works, the weaponry is rendered useless. When Yavlinksy is found dead, the designs for the revolutionary drilling process are stolen or destroyed. Except one set of design plans does still exist. The one lodged in Samuel Spendlove's head. Spendlove, an Oxford academic now working as a spy, is the novel's hero. Blessed (or cursed) with a photographic memory, he suddenly finds himself the most wanted man in the world... The story of his pursuit takes us from the Middle East to Moscow to the Kamchatka peninsula, a land of no roads and many active volcanoes, one of the most remote and spectacular places on the planet. Fans of Robert Harris and Martin Cruz Smith will love Martin Baker. Combining painstaking research with the forensic storytelling skill of a Hollywood screenwriter, Version Thirteen marks the arrival of a master of the genre.
From 1923 onwards, until overtaken by the onset of colour photography, the Radio Times commissioned and reproduced work by some of the finest illustrators of the twentieth century -- wood engravings, scraperboard, line drawing and watercolour. Amongst the more well-known names in the list of over 150 artists are those of Edward Ardizzone, Quentin Blake, Val Biro, David Gentleman, Charles Keeping, Paul Nash, W Heath Robinson, Gerald Scarfe, Ronald Searle and C F Tunnicliffe. This book, by Martin Baker, himself one of the select band of artists, will include a section on the History of the Radio Times and its patronage of fine illustrators; the reminiscences of an art student in the l930s and of an art teacher in the sixties, with almost 100 reproductions of some of the well-remembered illustrations.
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