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Martyn Beardsley - Author

About the Author

Martyn Beardsley has lived in Nottingham all his life. A civil servant for many years, he is now concentrating on his writing career. As well as being a children's author, one of his great passions is history. In 2002 he published a biography of Sir John Franklin, the Arctic explorer. A committed Buddhist, he is interested in reading, sport, keep-fit and yoga. Martyn Beardsley is married with one daughter and a mad dog.

MARTYN BEARDSLEY Q&A

What would you rather be – a smuggler or a Revenue man?
A Revenue man – most smugglers were very poor, and anyway I’d like to dress up in the uniform!

What’s the most dangerous trip you’ve ever been on?
On the A1 to Cambridge stuck in a traffic jam and needing to go for a wee. I almost didn’t make it!

What would you most like to find hidden in an old rusty box?
A letter from the past like the one in the story. I’ve traced my own family tree and I love finding out more about people long ago.

What goods would you like to smuggle, and why?
Tea – it was one of the main smuggled items. I drink gallons a day and can’t write stories without it!

Where would you hide your good from the Revenue men?
I think I’d build a fake toilet with horrible smells coming from it – they’d never look in there.

Featured books by Martyn Beardsley

Other books by Martyn Beardsley

The Ghosts of Blackbottle Rock

The Ghosts of Blackbottle Rock

Author: Martyn Beardsley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/12/2017

In a small Cornish fishing village, Charlie spots a man destroying old genealogical records and he suspects the stranger's activity might be linked to a bigger crime than simple vandalism. Later, when he meets two local children - self-styled ghost hunters - it becomes clear to Charlie that the man's strange behaviour is linked to a local haunting. Join Charlie and his friends as the ghostly strands of their mysterious tale converge... 2018 Winner of the Holyer an Gof Publishers' Award in 'Books for Young Adults'

Project X Origins: Dark Red Book Band, Oxford Level 17: Extreme: The Lost City

Project X Origins: Dark Red Book Band, Oxford Level 17: Extreme: The Lost City

Author: Martyn Beardsley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2014

Project X Origins is a ground-breaking guided reading programme for the whole school. Action-packed stories, fascinating non-fiction and comprehensive guided reading support meet the needs of children at every stage of their reading development. In The Lost City Team X set off into the deepest, darkest jungle of Peru. They are in search of the Lost City of Ambatchi but will the crook, Clyde Katch, find it first? Each book contains inside cover notes that highlight challenge words, prompt questions and a range of follow-up activities to support children in their reading.

Project X Origins: Dark Blue Book Band, Oxford Level 15: Endangered: The Swarm

Project X Origins: Dark Blue Book Band, Oxford Level 15: Endangered: The Swarm

Author: Martyn Beardsley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2014

Project X Origins is a ground-breaking guided reading programme for the whole school. Action-packed stories, fascinating non-fiction and comprehensive guided reading support meet the needs of children at every stage of their reading development. In The Swarm Team X are on a mission to discover why all the bees around the world are disappearing. Their investigations lead them to the Sahara Desert, where they discover the Collector's cunning plan. Each book contains inside cover notes that highlight challenge words, prompt questions and a range of follow-up activities to support children in their reading.

Project X Origins: Dark Blue Book Band, Oxford Level 16: Hidden Depths: Beneath the Ice

Project X Origins: Dark Blue Book Band, Oxford Level 16: Hidden Depths: Beneath the Ice

Author: Martyn Beardsley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2014

Project X Origins is a ground-breaking guided reading programme for the whole school. Action-packed stories, fascinating non-fiction and comprehensive guided reading support meet the needs of children at every stage of their reading development. How do ships sail through the freezing waters of the Arctic? What secrets do the chilly depths hold about those who tried to sail through the ice? Find out all about the ice explorers in Beneath the Ice. Each book contains inside cover notes that highlight challenge words, prompt questions and a range of follow-up activities to support children in their reading.

Black Death

Black Death

Author: Martyn Beardsley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/03/2010

A young sailor returns to his village, and is accused of bringing the plague with him. Haunting story of the epidemic in medieval England, with historical facts. Barrington Stoke specialise in books for reluctant, struggling and dyslexic readers.

Smuggler!

Smuggler!

Author: Martyn Beardsley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/05/2008

Jack finds a secret compartment, and an ancient letter. It takes him back into the dark and dangerous days of 18th-century smugglers - when a boy his age could be hanged for his crimes...Barrington Stoke specialise in books for reluctant, struggling and dyslexic readers.

Sir John Franklin

Sir John Franklin

Author: Martyn Beardsley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/05/2005

In the summer of 1820 Captain John Franklin set off with his men on an expedition to the North Pole on a ship. Since the North Pole is made mostly ice this was a strange thing to do. But John was convinced he could find a way through to the little known lands on the other side. His first attempt failed and he found himself face to face with death, lying shipwrecked and starving. He was forced to eat his own boots to survive! But John never gave up the dream of venturing where no one had managed to venture before and find a passage by ship through the Arctic

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