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Mark Sanderson - Author

About the Author

Mark Sanderson is a journalist writing mainly for the Sunday Telegraph and Evening Standard. Since 1999 he has written the Literary Life column in the Sunday Telegraph. A memoir, 'Wrong Rooms', published in 2002 to widespread acclaim was described by Melvyn Bragg as one of the most moving I have ever read .

Featured books by Mark Sanderson

Snow Hill

Snow Hill

Author: Mark Sanderson Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/01/2011

An atmospheric crime novel set in 1930s London where the mysterious death of a policeman exposes a wider wrold of vice and corruption. Friday, 18 December, 1936. I went to my funeral this morning! So begins the diary of John Steadman, an ambitious young journalist in London. When he gets a tip-off about a murdered policeman, he thinks he's found his scoop. Trouble is, no-one else seems to know anything about it! or they're not telling. Then John finds someone willing to talk. At least, someone who was. Now they're hanging from a meat hook in a refrigerated locker and John's on the verge of a front-page scandal that will make or break his career. But to get to the heart of this dark story, he must first go undercover. Six feet undercover, to be precise! Based on a shocking true story, Snow Hill vividly brings to life a London you never knew about -- an underworld that doesn't officially exist and until now has never been documented.

Other books by Mark Sanderson

Snow Hill

Snow Hill

Author: Mark Sanderson Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/01/2011

An atmospheric crime novel set in 1930s London where the mysterious death of a policeman exposes a wider wrold of vice and corruption. Friday, 18 December, 1936. I went to my funeral this morning! So begins the diary of John Steadman, an ambitious young journalist in London. When he gets a tip-off about a murdered policeman, he thinks he's found his scoop. Trouble is, no-one else seems to know anything about it! or they're not telling. Then John finds someone willing to talk. At least, someone who was. Now they're hanging from a meat hook in a refrigerated locker and John's on the verge of a front-page scandal that will make or break his career. But to get to the heart of this dark story, he must first go undercover. Six feet undercover, to be precise! Based on a shocking true story, Snow Hill vividly brings to life a London you never knew about -- an underworld that doesn't officially exist and until now has never been documented.

Bobby Stokes The Man from Portsmouth Who Scored Southampton's Most Famous Goal

Bobby Stokes The Man from Portsmouth Who Scored Southampton's Most Famous Goal

Author: Mark Sanderson Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/05/2016

He's the man whose goal delivered Southampton's only major trophy in 130 years and counting. Bobby Stokes's winning goal in the 1976 FA Cup Final marked an unforgettable 11-second sequence of play for Saints fans, but just how did a Portsmouth-born Pompey supporter end up scoring a cup-winning goal for his boyhood team's hated, local rivals? Bobby Stokes: The Man from Portsmouth Who Scored Southampton's Most Famous Goal answers this question and so many others. Such as, what led him to leave Saints just a year after his glory? Why did he swap the glamour of the US League and crowds of 50,000-plus in New York for the grass roots of the Sussex County League? How did he end up waiting tables in a Portsmouth cafe? And, why, less than 20 years on from that historic May afternoon, did he end up dying in poverty in 1995 at the tender age of just 44 - shortly before his testimonial match was due to take place at the Dell? This book takes a long overdue look at the life of Bobby Stokes, answers those questions and tells the story of a legendary figure in Southampton's history and the man who scored the club's most-famous goal.

Robin Hood Yard

Robin Hood Yard

Author: Mark Sanderson Format: eBook Release Date: 30/04/2015

London, 1938. With a world war on the horizon, a shocking crime begins to unfold - and one reporter knows too much to be allowed to survive. An absorbing and gripping mystery from the critically acclaimed author of SNOW HILL.November, 1938. Europe is teetering on the edge of war...Anti-Semitism is on the rise in Britain, and a serial killer is at work in London.Johnny Steadman, investigative journalist, is called to the scene of a gruesome murder - a man has been tied to his bed, mutilated and left to bleed to death. This is the second time the killer has struck, and it won't be the last. Together with DC Matt Turner, Johnny tries desperately to find a link between the victims.When the next Mayor of London is subjected to a vicious Anti-Semitic attack, Johnny begins to wonder if the two cases are connected. Against a backdrop of escalating violence in Nazi Germany, he uncovers a shocking conspiracy that could bring the United Kingdom to its knees. But will Johnny live to tell the tale?

Robin Hood Yard

Robin Hood Yard

Author: Mark Sanderson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/03/2015

London, 1938. With a world war on the horizon, a shocking crime begins to unfold - and one reporter knows too much to be allowed to survive. An absorbing and gripping mystery from the critically acclaimed author of SNOW HILL. November, 1938. Europe is teetering on the edge of war...Anti-Semitism is on the rise in Britain, and a serial killer is at work in London. Johnny Steadman, investigative journalist, is called to the scene of a gruesome murder - a man has been tied to his bed, mutilated and left to bleed to death. This is the second time the killer has struck, and it won't be the last. Together with DC Matt Turner, Johnny tries desperately to find a link between the victims. When the next Mayor of London is subjected to a vicious Anti-Semitic attack, Johnny begins to wonder if the two cases are connected. Against a backdrop of escalating violence in Nazi Germany, he uncovers a shocking conspiracy that could bring the United Kingdom to its knees. But will Johnny live to tell the tale?

Don't Look Now

Don't Look Now

Author: Mark Sanderson Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/08/2012

Don't Look Now, released in 1973, confirmed director Nicolas Roeg as one of the most stylish and innovative British directors of the postwar period. Adapted from a short story by Daphne du Maurier, it is both a complex study of how people come to terms with grief and a chilling tale of murder set among the canals and churches of Venice. Featuring telling performances by Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland as the couple whose daughter has tragically died, Don't Look Now depicts the way in which the macabre and the everyday are intertwined. In his lucid, subtle account, Mark Sanderson describes the collaboration between director and actors that sustained the film's emotional richness. He returns to du Maurier's original text and to the traditions of Gothic writing that underpin Don't Look Now's combination of horror, melodrama and black comedy. Sanderson examines the film's intricate visual style, uncovering the way in which particular motifs are used to amplify its depiction of two terrible deaths. He finds compensation for the film's grimly fatalistic view of life in its celebration of sexual relationships and the power of recollection. The book includes an exclusive and in-depth interview with Roeg as well as rare and unpublished comments from Christie. In his foreword to this special edition, published to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the BFI Film Classics series, Jason Wood places Don't Look Now in the context of Roeg's film-making careeer, and draws upon Roeg's revealing insights into the film's production.

The Whispering Gallery

The Whispering Gallery

Author: Mark Sanderson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/07/2012

A gripping and evocative mystery set in 30s London, in which a young journalist goes on the trail of a serial killer On a sweltering day in July 1937, reporter John Steadman is in London's St Paul's Cathedral waiting for his girlfriend ... But romance is pushed aside when he witnesses a man falling to his death from the Whispering Gallery, killing a priest in the process. Did he jump or was he pushed? Two days later Johnny receives the first of a series of grim packages at the offices of his newspaper, the Daily News. Each contains the body part of a woman and an enigmatic note, one of which says that he will be the murderer's final victim. To catch a killer, Johnny must set himself up as bait - with police and a fascinated public looking on. But he still has to uncover the tragic truth behind the double-death in the cathedral...

Whispering Gallery

Whispering Gallery

Author: Mark Sanderson Format: eBook Release Date: 07/07/2011

Mark Sanderson does for the 30s what Jake Arnott did for 60s London - vividly revealing its hidden underworld in this follow up to Snow HillOn a sweltering day in July 1937, reporter John Steadman is in London's St Paul's Cathedral waiting for his girlfriend ... But romance is pushed aside when he witnesses a man falling to his death from the Whispering Gallery, killing a priest in the process. Did he jump or was he pushed?Two days later Johnny receives the first of a series of grim packages at the offices of his newspaper, the Daily News. Each contains the body part of a woman and an enigmatic note, one of which says that he will be the murderer's final victim.To catch a killer, Johnny must set himself up as bait - with police and a fascinated public looking on. But he still has to uncover the tragic truth behind the double-death in the cathedral...

Snow Hill

Snow Hill

Author: Mark Sanderson Format: eBook Release Date: 05/08/2010

Mark Sanderson does for the 30s what Jake Arnott did for 60s London - vividly revealing its hidden underworld in an unforgettably gripping crime novel."e;Friday, 18 December, 1936. I went to my funeral this morning..."e;So begins the diary of Johnny Steadman, an ambitious reporter on London's Fleet Street. When he gets a tip-off about a Snow Hill policeman's death he thinks he's found the scoop that will make his career. Trouble is, no-one at the station seems to know anything about it ... or they're not telling.Johnny's one lead takes him to the meat market at Smithfield where he encounters violent death close up and personal. Undaunted by this chilling message, his investigation drags him deep into a web of corruption that reaches further than he could ever have imagined.Johnny must risk everything to save his closest friend and expose the ruthless killer at the heart of this dark story. But to bring them to justice he must first go undercover. Six feet undercover. After all, a dead man cannot be tried for murder...

Test Collection Based Evaluation of Information Retrieval Systems

Test Collection Based Evaluation of Information Retrieval Systems

Author: Mark Sanderson Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/06/2010

Use of test collections and evaluation measures to assess the effectiveness of information retrieval systems has its origins in work dating back to the early 1950s. Across the nearly 60 years since that work started, use of test collections is a de facto standard of evaluation. Test Collection Based Evaluation of Information Retrieval Systems surveys the research conducted and explains the methods and measures devised for evaluation of retrieval systems, including a detailed look at the use of statistical significance testing in retrieval experimentation. Test Collection Based Evaluation of Information Retrieval Systems reviews more recent examinations of the validity of the test collection approach and evaluation measures as well as outlining trends in current research exploiting query logs and live labs. At its core, the modern day test collection is little different from the structures that the pioneering researchers in the 1950s and '60s conceived of. Test Collection Based Evaluation of Information Retrieval Systems shows that despite its age, this long standing evaluation method is still a highly valued tool for retrieval research.