Garry John Martin

Matlock, Derbyshire
Literary Fiction

Writer Biography

Garry John Martin was born in Burton upon Trent in 1948 and educated at the local Grammar School and Art College. He attended Emmanuel College, Cambridge, where he read English. He subsequently pursued a career as a Systems Analyst in the City of London.

Eager to be reunited with literature once more, he wrote for Yachting and Boating Weekly for a year or so, documenting a sailing trip that took him part way round the world. He has made a number of radio broadcasts, once describing his experiences in Kurdish Iraq immediately after the first Gulf War. The journal of that journey became the basis of the novel, A Sane Asylum.

Needing to complete an unfinished novel, he worked as a schoolmaster for a number of years, first at Brentwood School in Essex then at King Edward’s School in Birmingham, before opening Blythes restaurant in Coleshill. Later he opened a bookshop in Knowle.

The Malvern Publishing Company published his first novel To Weave a Rainbow at that time. The imprint was designed to bring new novelists to the marketplace. The book sold well.

He visited India intending to write a book about Avatars but produced instead The Boy who Made God Smile.


Beginning as a Writer in Residence at Cranleigh School, he returned to teaching and spent the remainder of his working years at Nottingham High School, specialising in A-level and Oxbridge entrance and nurturing any writing talent he encountered. A number of his former pupils have done well, particularly Jonathan Coe. The Rotters’ Club describes their shared time of bulletin boards and magazines at King Edward’s School. Robert Macfarlane is a close friend; they edit each other’s work. He also taught the journalists and men of the media Ian Hunter, Andrew Billen, Mark Keen, Dave Haslam and Mark Steyn.

To date, G J Martin has written a dozen novels and three plays.

He has two grown daughters, Ellen and Alice. His partner is the artist, Sue Lewis-Blake, whose work can be seen in the images used on his website. []

He writes in the Derbyshire Dales.




Selected Publications

To Weave a Rainbow                     The Malvern Publishing Company 1986.

 Beneath Napoleon’s Hat:

Vol 1  Eagles without a Cliff         Colley Books 2015

Vol 2  A Black Violet                       Colley Books 2016

Vol 3 Sylvia Beach and the Melancholy Jesus   Colley Books 2016

 Patchwork                                          Colley Books 2016

  Forthcoming titles:

 The Boy who made God smile             October 2016

 A Sane Asylum     

Of Love and Gravity   

The Orcadian Trilogy:

Vol 1   Orcadian Armada

Vol 2   The Spanish Barque

Vol 3   Old Elizabeth and Black Patie    
Contributed To
Yachting and Boating Weekly

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    I was a teacher of Literature for nearly 30 years. I spent half of those at Nottingham High School. I have directed many plays and ran several writing groups within school. I have edited to many school magazines.

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