Category Archive for: 'Andy Martin'
Escape the evils of Brexit and Trumpery and find solace in a grim thriller

The crime novel wanders the mean streets with its mirror and lets you know what is going on in the violent world beyond the kitchen sink. In the new season of thrillers, Andy Martin realises that the best fiction definitely comes from the worst of times ANDY MARTIN @andymartinink Friday 21 July 2017 22:18 BST There was once a cartoon in the New Yorker which featured a 19th-century editor, very Victorian, with long sideburns, and poring over a manuscript on his desk, giving a hard time to a young wannabe writer. “Come, come, Mr Dickens,” he is saying, “it can’t be both the “best of times” and the “worst of times”, can it now? Make your mind up!” It occurred …

Sexual addiction: Is there really such a thing?

Sexual addiction: Is there really such a thing? High-profile celebrities have come out as being ‘addicted to sex’, but is there really such a thing – or is it simply a good excuse for bad behaviour? Andy Martin investigates Read the Article >>

One night in Brooklyn

One night in Brooklyn: how US philosophers are processing truth and reality in the age of Trump On a visit to New York, Andy Martin finds febrile philosophising reminiscent of Paris in ’68, as intellectuals try to process Trumpian reality. Is a war brewing in America between the contemplatives and the contemptible? Read the Article >>

The very ‘special relationship’

The very ‘special relationship’: A British-American pact for end-of-life care Englishman Andy Martin has a special American friend, Sam – a bear hunter who lives out in the woods. The two have a ‘health insurance plan’ that perhaps Trump and May will approve of. It’s called Montana-care, and when their time is done Andy and Sam will venture out into the wilderness – and blow each other’s brains out Read the Article >>


Andy Martin investigates the role the thriller genre plays in shaping political narratives – and how it may be contributing to the steady collapse of society. Read full article here >>

CFA Master Class: Lee Child – VIDEO

Published on Mar 18, 2016 Admired by his peers and hundreds of thousands of readers, author of the wildly popular Jack Reacher series, Lee Child returned to Crime Fiction Academy (CFA) to talk with CFA Director Jonathan Santlofer about the craft of suspense writing and about his most recent book, Make Me. There’s simply no one better to impart crime fiction wisdom.

The Camus of the crime thriller: behind the Jack Reacher books – REVIEW

REVIEW NEW STATESMAN BY Leo Robson – the New Statesman’s lead fiction reviewer DECEMBER 2nd 2015 Andy Martin’s Reacher Said Nothing: Lee Child and the Making of “Make Me” gives us a fly-on-the-wall view of the crime writer. Of all literary genres, biography is the one most bound by convention and least guilty about being conventional. W H Auden was forever dipping in to Saintsbury’s History of English Prosody to snuffle for technical challenges, and claimed to have written a poem in every known metre, but none of his half-dozen biographers has abandoned the well-worn route parodied in his sonnet “Who’s Who” (“A shilling life will give you all the facts”). In 1934, the year that Auden wrote that poem, …

REVIEW – ‘Reacher Said Nothing: Lee Child and the Making of Make Me’, by Andy Martin

Review by Steven Poole FINANCIAL TIMES December 11, 2015 You wouldn’t think the process of a novel’s creation lends itself to a particularly exciting “making of” feature. Writers sit in rooms, thinking and typing. They drink a lot of coffee. But then most writers don’t have someone peering over their shoulder as the work progresses, asking questions and making wisecracks. And, for that matter, most writers aren’t Lee Child. Child is the British maestro behind the global thriller phenomenon that is the Jack Reacher series. One of the most popular fictional heroes of our age, Reacher is a taciturn, sardonic American powerhouse who is invincible with fists and guns, and is also a brilliant detective. Child writes a new Reacher …

From the first word to the last – Dead Good Books

From the first word to the last By deadgoodbooks I was cycling along King’s Parade, one day in August 2014, when it hit me. If only Jean-Paul Sartre had been looking over Albert Camus’ shoulder when he wrote The Outsider! He wrote a good essay on the subject, to be fair, but how much better could it have been, and rather less speculative, if he had been present at the time of writing, keeping a close eye on the writer, pitching in occasional questions, and getting reasonable answers in return. More empirical, less metaphysical. True, I said to myself, but they’re all dead. So much for that great idea. On the other hand, could it still be done? Right now, …