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Andrew Martin - Author

About the Author

Andrew Martin is a journalist and novelist. His critically praised 'Jim Stringer' series began with The Necropolis Railway in 2002. The following titles in the series, Murder at Deviation Junction and Death on a Branch Line, were shortlisted for the CWA Ellis Peters Historical Crime Award and, in 2008, Andrew Martin was shortlisted for the CWA Dagger in the Library Award. The Somme Stations won the 2011 CWA Ellis Peters Historical Crime Award.

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Featured books by Andrew Martin

Flight By Elephant The Untold Story of World War II's Most Daring Jungle Rescue

Flight By Elephant The Untold Story of World War II's Most Daring Jungle Rescue

Author: Andrew Martin Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/04/2014

The incredible story of Gyles Mackrell and his Burmese, elephant-assisted wartime rescue mission. In the summer of 1942, Gyles Mackrell - a decorated First World War pilot and tea plantation overseer, performed a series of heroic rescues in the hellish jungles of Japanese-occupied Burma - with the aid of twenty elephants. At the age of 53, Mackrell went into the 'green hell' of the Chaukan Pass on the border of North Burma and Assam. Here, Mackrell and a team of elephant riders rescued Indian army soldiers, British civilians and their Indian servants, from the pursuing Japanese, directing the elephants through raging rivers, and territory infested with sand flies, mosquitoes and innumerable leeches. Those he saved were all on the point of death from starvation or fever: that summer was spent in a fight against time. Now in Andrew Martin's hands this tale of heroics is given the shape of a suspenseful adventure, a wartime rescue whose facts are the stuff of fiction. 'Flight By Elephant' is a gripping chronicle of war and survival, starring everyone's favourite animal - the powerful, exotic and hugely loveable elephant.

Other books by Andrew Martin

Queen of American Agriculture A Biography of Virginia Claypool Meredith

Queen of American Agriculture A Biography of Virginia Claypool Meredith

Author: Andrew Martin, Frederick Whitford Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/09/2018

Virginia Claypool Meredith's role in directly managing the affairs of a large and prosperous farm in east-central Indiana opened doors that were often closed to women in late nineteenth century America. Her status allowed her to campaign for the education of women, in general, and rural women, in particular. While striving to change society's expectations for women, she also gave voice to the important role of women in the home. A lifetime of dedication made Virginia Meredith the most remarkable woman in Indiana and the Queen of American Agriculture. Meredith was also an integral part of the history of Purdue University. She was the first woman appointed to serve on the university's board of trustees, had a residence hall named in her honor, and worked with her adopted daughter, Mary L. Matthews, in creating the School of Home Economics, the predecessor of today's College of Consumer and Family Sciences.

Early Work

Early Work

Author: Andrew Martin Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/07/2018

For young writers of a certain temperament - if they haven't had such notions beaten out of them by MFA programs and the Internet - the delusion persists that great writing must be sought in what W. B. Yeats once called the foul rag and bone shop of the heart. That's where Peter Cunningham has been looking for inspiration for his novel - that is, when he isn't teaching at the local women's prison, walking his dog, getting high, and wondering whether it's time to tie the knot with his college girlfriend, a medical student whose night shifts have become a standing rebuke to his own lack of direction. When Peter meets Leslie, a sexual adventurer taking a break from her fiance, he gets a glimpse of what he wishes and imagines himself to be: a writer of talent and nerve. Her rag-and-bone shop may be as squalid as his own, but at least she knows her way around the shelves. Over the course of a Virginia summer, their charged, increasingly intimate friendship opens the door to difficult questions about love and literary ambition. With a keen irony reminiscent of Sam Lipsyte or Lorrie Moore, and a romantic streak as wide as Roberto Bolano's, Andrew Martin's Early Work marks the debut of a writer as funny and attentive as any novelist of his generation.

The Martian Girl: A London Mystery

The Martian Girl: A London Mystery

Author: Andrew Martin Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/07/2018

'Ingeniously constructed . . . Andrew Martin's wry, amused tone is a constant joy . . . An altogether superior performance, The Martian Girl is a violent, funny, deadly serious entertainment' Irish Times London, present day. Jean, a failing journalist in her late thirties, finds herself entertaining a married man - a handsome, arrogant ex-barrister, universally known by his surname: Coates. Unsure of the relationship and wanting to develop her career, she begins to write a one-woman show about a mind-reader she comes across in her research - a woman who performed in the 19th Century under the name The Martian Girl, before disappearing without a trace. * London, 1898. Kate French, a striking young woman with a love for the stage, is honing her craft in the music halls of East London at the turn of the century. As the Martian Girl, she performs each night with her mind-reading partner, the cynical and money-grubbing Joseph Draper. As Jean makes progress on her show, Kate - long since dead - begins to consume her thoughts. Jean starts to suspect that Draper fully believed in Kate's ability to read minds and that he found the idea deeply disturbing. What really happened between the two of them all those years ago? And why does Jean feel such an intense bond with The Martian Girl? As the line between Jean and Kate begins to blur, the fates of the two women are destined to transcend time, and finally to intersect. Brilliantly conceived, The Martian Girl is a dazzling thriller that will get inside your mind.

First Steps: Caro-Kann Defence

First Steps: Caro-Kann Defence

Author: Andrew Martin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/03/2018

The Caro-Kann Defence arises after the moves 1 e4 c6. With this first move Black (as is also the case with the French Defence - 1 e4 e6) plans 2 ... d5, establishing a well-protected central pawn. The Caro-Kann has a reputation as a rock solid defence that minimises the risk of Black being subjected to undue early pressure. Rather than inviting the opponent to engage in immediate warfare, Black focuses on completing development comfortably and postponng the serious battle until the middlegame. It is notable that the White systems which try to batter the Caro-Kann into early submission are highly double-edged and often rebound badly. ----- First Steps is a new opening series and is ideal for improving players who want simple and straightforward explanations. First Steps emphasizes: ----- * the basic principles --- * the basic strategies --- * the key tricks and traps ----- First Steps books are based around carefully selected instructive games which demonstrate exactly what both sides are trying to achieve. There is enough theory to enable the improving player to get to grips with the opening without feeling overwhelmed. If you want to take up a new opening, First Steps is the ideal place to start.

Soot The Times's Historical Fiction Book of the Month

Soot The Times's Historical Fiction Book of the Month

Author: Andrew Martin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2018

'An enticing and clever book, inside and out' Book Of The Month - The Times York, 1799. In August, an artist is found murdered in his home - stabbed with a pair of scissors. Matthew Harvey's death is much discussed in the city. The scissors are among the tools of his trade - for Harvey is a renowned cutter and painter of shades, or silhouettes, the latest fashion in portraiture. It soon becomes clear that the murderer must be one of the artist's last sitters, and the people depicted in the final six shades made by him become the key suspects. But who are they? And where are they to be found? Later, in November, a clever but impoverished young gentleman called Fletcher Rigge languishes in the debtor's prison, until a letter arrives containing a bizarre proposition from the son of the murdered man. Rigge is to be released for one month, but in that time, he must find the killer. If he fails, he will be incarcerated again, possibly for life. And so, with everything at stake, and equipped only with copies of the distinctive silhouettes, Fletcher Rigge begins his search across the snow-covered city, and enters a world of shadows...

Night Trains The Rise and Fall of the Sleeper

Night Trains The Rise and Fall of the Sleeper

Author: Andrew Martin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2018

Night trains have long fascinated us with the possibilities of their private sleeping compartments, gilded dining cars, champagne bars and wealthy travellers. Authors from Agatha Christie to Graham Greene have used night trains to tell tales of romance, intrigue and decadence against a rolling background of dramatic landscapes. The reality could often be as thrilling: early British travellers on the Orient Express were advised to carry a revolver (as well as a teapot). In Night Trains, Andrew Martin attempts to relive the golden age of the great European sleeper trains by using their modern-day equivalents. This is no simple matter. The night trains have fallen on hard times, and the services are disappearing one by one. But if the Orient Express experience can only be recreated by taking three separate sleepers, the intriguing characters and exotic atmospheres have survived. Whether the backdrop is 3am at a Turkish customs post, the sun rising over the Riviera, or the constant twilight of a Norwegian summer night, Martin rediscovers the pleasures of a continent connected by rail. By tracing the history of the sleeper trains, he reveals much of the recent history of Europe itself. The original sleepers helped break down national barriers and unify the continent. Martin uncovers modern instances of European unity - and otherwise - as he traverses the continent during 'interesting times', with Brexit looming. Against this tumultuous backdrop, he experiences his own smaller dramas, as he fails to find crucial connecting stations, ponders the mystery of the compartment dog, and becomes embroiled in his very own night train whodunit.

Andrew Martin Interior Design Review Volume 21

Andrew Martin Interior Design Review Volume 21

Author: Andrew Martin Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/09/2017

For design professionals and fans of innovative contemporary interior design alike, high-end interior designer Andrew Martin once again brings the year's best designers together in one fabulous, comprehensive tome. You'll find everything from sleek Scandinavian design to luxurious ideas from the Far East, from minimalism to opulence, and from household names to industry newbies. Regardless of who is named Andrew Martin Designer of the Year, an always-successful mix of wildly differing yet totally up-to-the-minute styles in the world of interior design is proudly displayed on over 500 pages. Inspiring, informative, and a feast for the eyes, Andrew Martin Interior Design Review, Volume 21, is like visiting one of the many Andrew Martin showrooms around the globe. The company, founded in Richmond in 1978 by Martin Waller, offers a diverse and extensive selection of designer items. Look no further for the loveliest wallpaper, fabrics, furniture, lamps, and many other items to give any room that unique personal touch. It is the company philosophy to employ a mix of furnishings from different influences, across historical eras and national borders, to create style, elegance, and comfort that escape the everyday. It's no wonder that this ambition is reflected in Interior Design Review: the finest international furnishings, or simply the very best that the interior design world has to offer.

First Steps: The Queen's Gambit

First Steps: The Queen's Gambit

Author: Andrew Martin Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/02/2017

The Queen's Gambit is one of the great classical openings. All the world champions and elite players have played this opening - most of them for both sides. In this book the highly experienced coach international master Andrew Martin explains the basic ideas behind all the different variations you can encounter after 1 d4 d5 2 c4. This includes the classical defences (such as the Orthodox, the Lasker and the Slav) as well as the weird and wonderful (such as the Albin Counter-Gambit, the Hennig-Schara Gambit and Marshall's Defence). First Steps is a new opening series and is ideal for improving players who want simple and straightforward explanations. First Steps emphasizes: *the basic principles*the basic strategies*the key tricks and traps First Steps books are based around carefully selected instructive games which demonstrate exactly what both sides are trying to achieve. There is enough theory to enable the improving player to get to grips with the opening without feeling overwhelmed. If you want to take up a new opening, First Steps is the ideal place to start.

The Yellow Diamond A Crime of the Super-Rich

The Yellow Diamond A Crime of the Super-Rich

Author: Andrew Martin Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/11/2015

Detective Superintendent George Quinn - Mayfair resident and dandy with a razor-sharp brain - has set up a new police unit, dedicated to investigating the super-rich. When he is shot in mysterious circumstances, DI Blake Reynolds is charged with taking over. But Reynolds hadn't bargained for Quinn's personal assistant - the flinty Victoria Clifford - who knows more than she's prepared to reveal... The trail left by Quinn leads to a jewellery theft, a murderous conspiracy among some of the most glamorous (and richest) Russians in London - and the beautiful Anna, who challenges Reynolds' professional integrity. Reynolds and Clifford must learn to work together fast - or risk Quinn's fate. Set in the heart of twenty-first-century Mayfair, a world of champagne, Lamborghinis and Savile Row suits, The Yellow Diamond is a brilliant new venture from one of our best loved crime authors - meticulously plotted, wonderfully humane and hugely enjoyable.

Belles and Whistles Five Journeys Through Time on Britain's Trains

Belles and Whistles Five Journeys Through Time on Britain's Trains

Author: Andrew (Professor) Martin Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/09/2014

In the heroic days of rail travel, you could dine on kippers and champagne aboard the Brighton Belle; smoke a post-prandial cigar as the Golden Arrow closed in on Paris, or be shaved by the Flying Scotsman's on-board barber. Everyone from schoolboys to socialites knew of these glamorous 'named trains' and aspired to ride aboard them. In Belles and Whistles, Andrew Martin recreates five of these famous train journeys by travelling aboard their nearest modern day equivalents. Sometimes their names have survived, even if only as a footnote on a timetable leaflet, but what has usually - if not always - disappeared is the extravagance and luxury. As Martin explains how we got from there to here, evocations of the golden age contrast with the starker modern reality: from monogrammed cutlery to stirring sticks, from silence on trains to tannoy announcements, from compartments to airline seating. For those who wonder whatever happened to porters, dining cars, mellow lighting, timetables, luggage in advance, trunk murders, the answers are all here. Martin's five journeys add up to an idiosyncratic history of Britain's railways, combining humour, historical anecdote, reportage from the present and romantic evocations of the past.

The Monsters of Test Stand B

The Monsters of Test Stand B

Author: Andrew Martin Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/12/2014

The book is a novel set at the Stennis Space Center and loosely based on Test Stand B. The story is intended to call attention to the fantastic work being done by the NASA Team there.

Flight By Elephant The Untold Story of World War II's Most Daring Jungle Rescue

Flight By Elephant The Untold Story of World War II's Most Daring Jungle Rescue

Author: Andrew Martin Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/04/2014

The incredible story of Gyles Mackrell and his Burmese, elephant-assisted wartime rescue mission. In the summer of 1942, Gyles Mackrell - a decorated First World War pilot and tea plantation overseer, performed a series of heroic rescues in the hellish jungles of Japanese-occupied Burma - with the aid of twenty elephants. At the age of 53, Mackrell went into the 'green hell' of the Chaukan Pass on the border of North Burma and Assam. Here, Mackrell and a team of elephant riders rescued Indian army soldiers, British civilians and their Indian servants, from the pursuing Japanese, directing the elephants through raging rivers, and territory infested with sand flies, mosquitoes and innumerable leeches. Those he saved were all on the point of death from starvation or fever: that summer was spent in a fight against time. Now in Andrew Martin's hands this tale of heroics is given the shape of a suspenseful adventure, a wartime rescue whose facts are the stuff of fiction. 'Flight By Elephant' is a gripping chronicle of war and survival, starring everyone's favourite animal - the powerful, exotic and hugely loveable elephant.

Night Train to Jamalpur

Night Train to Jamalpur

Author: Andrew Martin Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/11/2013

North East India, 1923. On the broiling Night Mail from Calcutta to Jamalpur, a man is shot dead in a first class compartment. Detective Inspector Jim Stringer was sleeping in the next compartment along. Was he the intended target? Jim should have known that his secondment to the East Indian Railway, with a roving brief to inspect security arrangements, would not be the working holiday he had hoped for. The country seethes with political and racial tension. Aside from the Jamalpur shooting, someone is placing venomous snakes - including giant king cobras - in the first class compartments of the railway. Jim also has worries on the home front: his daughter has formed a connection with a Maharajah's son, who may in turn have a connection to Jim's incredibly rude colleague, the bristling Major Fisher. Jim must do everything he can to keep his family safe from harm, as he unravels the intrigues that surround him...

The Baghdad Railway Club

The Baghdad Railway Club

Author: Andrew Martin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/02/2013

Baghdad 1917. Captain Jim Stringer, invalided from the Western Front, has been dispatched to investigate what looks like a nasty case of treason. He arrives to find a city on the point of insurrection, his cover apparently blown - and his only contact lying dead with flies in his eyes. As Baghdad swelters in a particularly torrid summer, the heat alone threatens the lives of the British soldiers who occupy the city. The recently ejected Turks are still a danger - and many of the local Arabs are none too friendly either. For Jim, who is not particularly good in warm weather, the situation grows pricklier by the day. Aside from his investigation, he is working on the railways around the city. His boss is the charming, enigmatic Lieutenant-Colonel Shepherd, who presides over the gracious dining society called The Baghdad Railway Club - and who may or may not be a Turkish agent. Jim's search for the truth brings him up against murderous violence in a heat-dazed, labyrinthine city where an enemy awaits around every corner.

Underground, Overground A Passenger's History of the Tube

Underground, Overground A Passenger's History of the Tube

Author: Andrew Martin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/01/2013

Why is the Victoria Line so hot? What is an Electrical Multiple Unit? Is it really possible to ride from King's Cross to King's Cross on the Circle line? The London Underground is the oldest, most sprawling and illogical metropolitan transport system in the world, the result of a series of botch-jobs and improvisations.Yet it transports over one billion passengers every year - and this figure is rising. It is iconic, recognised the world over, and loved and despised by Londoners in equal measure. Blending reportage, humour and personal encounters, Andrew Martin embarks on a wonderfully engaging social history of London's underground railway system (which despite its name, is in fact fifty-five per cent overground). Underground, Overground is a highly enjoyable, witty and informative history of everything you need to know about the Tube.

How To Motivate Your Child For School

How To Motivate Your Child For School

Author: Andrew Martin Format: eBook Release Date: 01/08/2012

A positive, practical guide for parents who want to help their children be the best they can be at school - and beyond.Do you worry that your child has no interest in schoolwork? Is your child reluctant to do homework? Do you worry about your sons struggling at school while girls are enthusiastic achievers?Do you want to help your child manage their study load better so they leave time for sporting activities and simple fun? If you answered yes to any of these questions, HOW TO MOTIVATE YOUR CHILD FOR SCHOOL AND BEYOND has all the answers and more. A positive, practical guide to helping children be the best they can be, it offers achievable solutions for parents who want their children to do well at school - and enjoy the process. New research shows the difference between children who are enthusiastic achievers and those who struggle isn't simply the makeup of the child. Packed with authoritative information and hands on strategies for parents and teachers, HOW TO MOTIVATE YOUR CHILD is a must-have for parents and professionals who work with families and children. Andrew Martin won the prestigious American Psychological Association's international award for his innovative work on what makes children achieve - and happy - at school. In this book he reveals the secrets that will stop arguments over homework and worries about your child's achievements at school and university forever.

How To Help Your Child Fly Through Life

How To Help Your Child Fly Through Life

Author: Andrew Martin Format: eBook Release Date: 01/08/2012

Childcare? Exams? Coaching? Make the right decisions with this commonsense guide packed with balanced, positive and practical advice on 20 of the biggest issues facing parents and their children.Are you agonising over whether to put your child in childcare? Do you wonder whether your child will be ready for school? What's the best way to help your child survive the pressures of big exams? Should students have a gap year before making any decisions about their future? Andrew Martin's new book answers all these questions - and more. Based on fifteen years of studies and evidence, Martin weighs up the pros and cons and gives you balanced, positive and practical advice on 20 of the biggest issues facing parents and their children. With commonsense and a sense of humour, HOW TO HELP YOUR CHILD FLY THROUGH LIFE will help you make the most important decisions for your children including: * Childcare and pre-school * Preparing your child for school * Selective, single sex and co-ed schooling * Coaching, tutoring and homework * Helping children deal with challenge and pressure * Choosing school subjects * Extra-curricular activities, including part-time work and sport * Preparing your child for big exams and assessments * Choosing a career * Having a gap year. If you want the best for your children from cradle to graduation, arm yourself with everything you need to know to help your children be the best - and happiest - they can be.

The Baghdad Railway Club

The Baghdad Railway Club

Author: Andrew Martin Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/06/2012

Baghdad 1917. Captain Jim Stringer, invalided from the Western Front, has been dispatched to investigate what looks like a nasty case of treason. He arrives to find a city on the point of insurrection, his cover apparently blown - and his only contact lying dead with flies in his eyes. As Baghdad swelters in a particularly torrid summer, the heat alone threatens the lives of the British soldiers who occupy the city. The recently ejected Turks are still a danger - and many of the local Arabs are none too friendly either. For Jim, who is not particularly good in warm weather, the situation grows pricklier by the day. Aside from his investigation, he is working on the railways around the city. His boss is the charming, enigmatic Lieutenant-Colonel Shepherd, who presides over the gracious dining society called The Baghdad Railway Club - and who may or may not be a Turkish agent. Jim's search for the truth brings him up against murderous violence in a heat-dazed, labyrinthine city where an enemy awaits around every corner.

The Somme Stations

The Somme Stations

Author: Andrew Martin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2012

On the first day of the Somme enlisted railwayman Jim Stringer lies trapped in a shell hole, smoking cigarette after cigarette under the bullets and the blazing sun. He calculates his chances of survival - even before they departed for France, a member of Jim's unit had been found dead. During the stand-off that follows, Jim and his comrades must operate by night the vitally important trains carrying munitions to the Front, through a ghostly landscape of shattered trees where high explosive and shrapnel shells rain down. Close co-operation and trust are vital. Yet proof piles up of an enemy within, and as a ferocious military policeman pursues his investigation into the original killing, the finger of accusation begins to point towards Jim himself . . .

Andrew Martin Interior Design Review

Andrew Martin Interior Design Review

Author: Andrew Martin Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/10/2010

The 'Andrew Martin Interior Design Review' provides a showcase for entrants to the prestigious Andrew Martin Award for International Interior Designer of the Year.

Building Classroom Success Eliminating Academic Fear and Failure

Building Classroom Success Eliminating Academic Fear and Failure

Author: Andrew Martin Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/02/2010

This book examines the ways in which students respond to academic failure and provides practical strategies that educators can put in place to build classroom confidence and success. School has the potential to be a major source of personal and academic fulfillment. However, the reality is that fear and failure pervade many students' academic lives. Rather than respond to academic fear and failure in constructive and courageous ways, many students engage in self-defeating, avoidant, and helpless behaviors. This book examines the counterproductive strategies students use in response to their fear and failure. Also examined are the successful practices educators can put in place to eliminate fear and failure in the classroom and help students respond to their problematic behaviors in more positive and productive ways. In doing so, educators lay the foundations for building classroom success.

How to Get Things Really Flat

How to Get Things Really Flat

Author: Andrew Martin Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/08/2009

How to Get Things Really Flat will amuse and instruct any slobbish man, forced at gunpoint to read it...Martin is surprisingly well qualified to write a guide to housework for men. Not only is he a man himself, but he does a lot about the house. On purely humanitarian grounds he recently took over some of the ironing from his wife; he then branched out into bath-cleaning, fairly regular vacuuming, and washing up after dinner (when he wasn't going out). For the purposes of this book, Martin has interviewed many experts, and can thus provide answers to such burning questions as: 'Do I Need to Bother about the Controls on the Iron?' and 'Is Dust Actually Dangerous?' The result is a genuinely enlightening read, combining practical housework advice with touching recollections from the author's Yorkshire childhood and hilarious scenes from the daily sit-com of family life.

The Knowledge of Ignorance From Genesis to Jules Verne

The Knowledge of Ignorance From Genesis to Jules Verne

Author: Andrew Martin Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/06/2009

This highly original study is concerned with the theory of knowledge. It approaches the subject in a new way by exploring the recurrent paradox which equates pure ignorance with perfect knowledge, twin ideals free from the impurities and imperfections of discourse. The author combines the techniques of literary criticism and intellectual history in order to examine the literary, philosophical, theological, and political ramifications of this anxiety about, and ambition to transcend, the limits of the text. Dr Martin begins by tracing a network of interlocking motifs and images - beginning and end, nescience and omniscience, genesis and renascence, savagery and civilization - across a broad spectrum of texts from the Book of Genesis through the Renaissance (in particular the works of Nicholas of Cusa and Erasmus) to Rousseau. The central section of the book translates these temporal oppositions into the spatial antithesis of East and West in the Orientalism of Hugo, Napoleon and Chateaubriand. A final chapter draws together these apparently disparate themes in a consideration of the dichotomy of science and literature in Jules Verne's Voyages Extraordinaires.

Death on a Branch Line

Death on a Branch Line

Author: Andrew Martin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/04/2009

It's the sweltering summer of 1911, and one Friday evening a young aristocrat arrives into the custody of detective Jim Stringer, a man recently found guilty of murdering his father in the sleepy village of Adenwold. He warns Jim of another murder likely to happen in the same village - that of his brother, a reclusive intellectual. When Jim and his wife Lydia arrive at Adenwold they encounter a host of likely suspects and the intended victim, and suddenly Jim has one weekend in which to stop a murder and unravel a conspiracy of international dimensions...

Murder at Deviation Junction

Murder at Deviation Junction

Author: Andrew Martin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/04/2008

A train hits a snow drift in the frozen Cleveland Hills. In the process of clearing the line a body is discovered, and so begins a dangerous case for struggling Edwardian railway detective, Jim Stringer. Jim's new investigation takes him to the mighty blast furnaces of Ironopolis, to Fleet Street in the company of a cynical reporter from The Railway Rover, and to a nightmarish spot in the Highlands. Jim's faltering career in the railway police hangs on whether he can solve the murder - but before long the pursuer becomes the pursued, and Jim finds himself fighting not just for his job, but for his very life as well.

Low Fat Christianity

Low Fat Christianity

Author: Andrew Martin Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/11/2007

The author uses the principles of engineering mechanics to deduce why the universe was created, what the mission of Christ was all about, how redemption works and to debunk some parts of Christianity. The work includes a proof that creationism is self contradictory, therefore false.

Murder at Deviation Junction

Murder at Deviation Junction

Author: Andrew Martin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/06/2007

A train hits a snow drift in the frozen Cleveland Hills. In the process of clearing the line a body is discovered, and so begins a dangerous case for struggling Edwardian railway detective, Jim Stringer. Jim's new investigation takes him to the mighty blast furnaces of Ironopolis, to Fleet Street in the company of a cynical reporter from The Railway Rover, and to a nightmarish spot in the Highlands. Jim's faltering career in the railway police hangs on whether he can solve the murder - but before long the pursuer becomes the pursued, and Jim finds himself fighting not just for his job, but for his very life as well.

The Lost Luggage Porter

The Lost Luggage Porter

Author: Andrew Martin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/05/2007

York, Winter, 1906 - two brothers have been shot to death. Meanwhile, Jim Stringer meets the Lost Luggage Porter, humblest among the employees of the North Eastern Railway company. He tells Jim a tale which leads him to the roughest part of town, a place where the police constables always walk in twos. Jim is off on the trail of pickpockets, 'station loungers' and other small fry of the York underworld. But then in a tiny, one-room pub with a badly smoking fire he enters the orbit of a dangerous, disturbed villain who is playing for much higher stakes . . .

The Blackpool Highflyer

The Blackpool Highflyer

Author: Andrew Martin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2005

'Genuinely gripping ... A brilliant evocation of Edwardian working-class life - the sort of thing DH Lawrence might have written had he been less verbose or been blessed with a sense of humour.' Peter Parker, Evening Standard The second Jim Stringer adventure, The Blackpool Highflyer is a superbly atmospheric thriller of sabotage, suspicion and steam. 'Unique and important ... There is no one else who is writing like Andrew Martin today.' Ian Marchant, Guardian 'Evokes Edwardian Yorkshire and Lancashire, their great industrial prosperity and singular ways of living, quite brilliantly in a historical whodunnit which for its fresh and stealthy approach to past times deserves the adjective Bainbridgean.' Ian Jack, Guardian (Books of the Year) 'A steamy whodunnit ... This may well be the best fiction about the railways since Dickens.' Michael Williams, Independent on Sunday

The Necropolis Railway A Historical Novel

The Necropolis Railway A Historical Novel

Author: Andrew Martin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2005

When railwayman Jim Stringer moves to the garish and tawdry London of 1903, he finds his duties are confined to a mysterious graveyard line. Perplexingly, the men he works alongside have formed an instant loathing for him. And his predecessor has disappeared under suspicious circumstances. Can Jim work out what is going on before he too is travelling on a one-way coffin ticket aboard the Necropolis Railway? A gripping detective story, fabulously rich in atmosphere and period detail, The Necropolis Railway steams toward an unexpected conclusion.

The Mask of the Prophet The Extraordinary Fictions of Jules Verne

The Mask of the Prophet The Extraordinary Fictions of Jules Verne

Author: Andrew Martin Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/05/1990

Such novels as Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and Around the World in Eighty Days have made Jules Verne the most widely translated of all French authors. But he has typically been categorized as the father of science fiction or a writer of harmless fantasies for children. Now, in this brilliantly original new book, Andrew Martin relocates Verne squarely at the centre of the literary map. Dr Martin shows that a recurrent narrative (exemplified in short stories by Napoleon Bonaparte and Jorge Luis Borges), relating the strange destiny of a masked prophet who revolts against an empire, runs through Verne's Voyages Extraordinaires. This approach illuminates the paradoxical coalition in Verne of realism and invention, repression and transgression, imperialism and anarchy. In this book Verne emerges not just as a key to the political and literary imagination of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries but as a model for reading fiction in general.

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