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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

Deadly Winter The Life of Sir John Franklin

Deadly Winter The Life of Sir John Franklin

Author: Martyn Beardsley Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/04/2020

The Gunpowder Plot Deceit

The Gunpowder Plot Deceit

Author: Martyn Beardsley Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/10/2018

Most people think they know the story of the Gunpowder Plot, and of how a bloody catastrophe was averted at the eleventh hour when Guy Fawkes was caught lurking in the shadows beneath the Houses of Parliament. But what if it wasn't like that at all? How was it that a group of prominent, disaffected Catholics were able to plot for months with apparent impunity? How could they openly rent a house next door to the House of Lords and use it as their base - right under the nose of the leading spymaster of the age, Robert Cecil? How could they have hacked a tunnel towards their target and dispose of tonnes of spoil without alerting anyone - and why is there no record of anyone ever having seen such a tunnel? This book explores the idea that the government was not only aware of what the plotters were up to long before Fawkes' arrest, but that agent-provocateurs may have given them a helping hand - or have even instigated the plot themselves.

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'

Waterloo Voices 1815 The Battle at First Hand

Waterloo Voices 1815 The Battle at First Hand

Author: Martyn Beardsley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/09/2017

The Battle of Waterloo, fought over the course of a day on a muddy field in Belgium, brought an end to two decades of war in Europe. It had been a draining conflict, both financially and in terms of human life, and had threatened the very sovereignty of numerous nations. Here, at the crisis point, Bonaparte and Wellington faced each other at last and fought for control of the continent. The tale of the battle that ended the Napoleonic Wars has been told many times, but most often in terms of the political and military situation, debates over strategies, tactics and the broader global arena. In this book, the story is told by those who were present, in their own words. The accounts come from letters, diaries and published accounts, sometimes recounted many years later, the eyewitness testimonies of officers and ordinary soldiers, friend and foe. This gripping collection of first-hand experiences lets us feel the deafening roar of cannon, hear the anguished cries of the wounded and marvel at the heroism on both sides, at the very heart of a battle that was to prove one of the major turning points in European history.

Waterloo Voices 1815 The Battle at First Hand

Waterloo Voices 1815 The Battle at First Hand

Author: Martyn Beardsley Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/05/2015

Believe me, nothing except a battle lost can be half so melancholy as a battle won - Wellington The Battle of Waterloo, fought over the course of a day on a muddy field in Belgium, brought an end to two decades of war in Europe. It had been a draining conflict, both financially and in terms of human life, and had threatened the very sovereignty of numerous nations. Here, at the crisis point, Bonaparte and Wellington faced each other at last and fought for control of the continent. The tale of the battle that ended the Napoleonic Wars has been told many times, but most often in terms of the political and military situation, debates over strategies, tactics and the broader global arena. In this book, the story is told by those who were present, in their own words. The accounts come from letters, diaries and published accounts, sometimes recounted many years later, the eyewitness testimonies of officers and ordinary soldiers, friend and foe. This gripping collection of first-hand experiences lets us feel the deafening roar of cannon, hear the anguished cries of the wounded and marvel at the heroism on both sides, at the very heart of a battle that was to prove one of the major turning points in European history.

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.

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