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Martin Jenkins - Author

About the Author

Martin Jenkins is an expert at presenting complicated subjects in entertaining and accessible ways to children. He has won several awards for his work.

He was born in Surrey in 1959 but grew up in Spain, Ireland and Kent. He attended Cambridge University as a scholar. A conservation biologist by trade, Martin worked full-time for ten years for World Conservation Monitoring Centre, writing about a range of conservation issues. Since 1990 he has worked freelance for organisations such as WWF and a number of UN bodies concerned with conservation and the environment. Martin's jobs have varied greatly: "I've been an orchid-sleuth in Germany, a timber detective in Kenya and an investigator of the chameleon trade in Madagascar."

Martin lives in Cambridge and London. Martin became involved with children's books when he was asked to advise on Walker Books' Animals at Risk series. Since then he has written several titles, including Emperor's Egg, winner of the Times Junior Information Book of the Year Award and Fly Traps! Plants that Bite Back, which was shortlisted for the same award. He has also retold Gulliver's Travels, winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal, and Don Quixote.

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All You Ever Wanted to Know About Money

All You Ever Wanted to Know About Money

Author: Martin Jenkins, Frederico Bonifacini Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/12/2020

A funny, philosophical look at the universal subject of money by award-winning non-fiction writer Martin Jenkins, illustrated by Satoshi Kitamura. In the Yap Islands in the South Pacific money can be a stone with a hole in the middle. It can be a string of shells, a bundle of cloth or a copper slab. It's the stuff that makes the world go round and doesn't grow on trees. In this fascinating and thought-provoking book, Martin Jenkins explores the history of money from its earliest beginnings to the electronic banking of today. Along the way we learn about hunter gatherers, barter, clay tablets, goat swapping, precious metals, hard bargains, IOUs, interest, coins, Romans, taxes, inflation, paper money, currencies and exchange rates. Satoshi Kitamura's quirky, satirical drawings perfectly complement the dry humour of the text and in the end we are reminded that money only exists because we believe in it. Jenkins is bold, informative and never patronising. - Independent on Sunday

A Transport Journey in Colour Street Scenes of the British Isles 1949 - 1969

A Transport Journey in Colour Street Scenes of the British Isles 1949 - 1969

Author: Martin Jenkins, Kevin McCormack Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/11/2020

This remarkable book takes the reader on a nostalgic transport journey into streets throughout the British Isles some of which have hardly changed, except for the vehicles displayed, whilst others have been transformed or have, in some cases, altered virtually beyond all recognition. Hours of fascinating research using Google Street View has enabled the authors to indicate how their selected street scenes have changed and also how readers can explore these changes for themselves by accessing Google Street View. The authors have managed to bring together some truly outstanding and often stunning images from a period when colour coverage of transport subjects was in its infancy. As a result, the book includes many previously unpublished views taken between 1950 and 1975 the majority from collections held by Online Transport Archive, of which charity both authors are trustees. The richly varied street scenes depict not only buses, trams and trolleybuses but also people as well as railway locomotives, cars, lorries, vans, cinemas, churches, retail outlets and public houses. An absolute feast for the eye. Rich in variety and with a wealth of detailed captions.

Beware of the Crocodile

Beware of the Crocodile

Author: Martin Jenkins Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2020

A Nature Storybook about one of the world's most dangerous animals, with text by top non-fiction author Martin Jenkins and pictures by Satoshi Kitamura. A witty Nature Storybook about crocodiles, with words by award-winning author Martin Jenkins and playful pictures by Satoshi Kitamura. The main thing about crocodiles is they're really scary - or at least the big ones are. They've got an awful lot of teeth and they're not at all fussy about what they eat, as long as it's got a bit of meat on it. When it comes to hunting down their dinner, they're very determined and very cunning ... so better beware. But you might be surprised to hear that there's more to crocodiles than just their appetites: crocodiles make wonderful mothers! This is a fascinating, rounded look at crocodiles, with Martin's wry text brought to life by Satoshi's lively watercolour paintings. The back matter includes notes on species, an index and a bibliography.

Nietzsche: Aristocratic Radicalism or Anarchy?

Nietzsche: Aristocratic Radicalism or Anarchy?

Author: Martin Jenkins Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/12/2019

Every enhancement of humanity has occurred in an Aristocratic society says Friedrich Nietzsche. Ubermen who are a unified complexity are alone, the source of change and creative human advance. The values of Democracy, Egalitarianism are the consequence of 2000 years of slave morality ascendency. From the collapse of the latter, the human type will re-emerge stronger, in its natural state of aristocracy whose dynamic is Will to Power. Yet the Will to Power can, with the insights of French Philosopher Gilles Deleuze (1925-1995), be so interpreted to bring about a reading and a society that is the very opposite of Aristocracy...

A World of Plants

A World of Plants

Author: Martin Jenkins Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2019

A stunningly illustrated guide to the fascinating world of plants and botanical history. Discover incredible facts and marvel at what plants can do in this beautiful book from conservation biologist and award-winning author Martin Jenkins, stylishly illustrated by print-maker James Brown. Covering over twenty-five topics, learn all about the different types of plant - from carnivorous, to climbing, to tropical; explore the world of trees; discover how plants have evolved and continue to survive in extreme environments and most importantly, how crucial they are to our life on Planet Earth. From the domestic to the international, there is something for the whole family here. Whether you want to learn the basics of photosynthesis, or explore the hidden world of Victorian plant hunters, this is a lively, engaging and visually stunning look at the world of plants.

Caterpillar and Bean A Science Storybook about Growing

Caterpillar and Bean A Science Storybook about Growing

Author: Martin Jenkins Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2019

The perfect introduction to growing and life cycles for young children. A caterpillar hatches from a tiny white egg and munches through the leaves of its bean plant home. It gets bigger and bigger - but what will it turn into next? This beautifully illustrated picture book from award-winning author Martin Jenkins and up-and-coming artist Hannah Tolson is the fourth book in Walker's Science Storybook series, and is the perfect introduction to growing and life cycles for young children.

Bird Builds a Nest A Science Storybook about Forces

Bird Builds a Nest A Science Storybook about Forces

Author: Martin Jenkins Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2019

A beautifully illustrated picture book introducing young children to the concept of forces. Bird is building her nest. She pushes and pulls twigs into place until she's made a cosy cup, ready and waiting ... can you guess what for? This beautiful picture book is the perfect introduction to forces and the concept of pushing and pulling, and is the third in the new Science Story Book series from Walker Books. Bird Builds a Nest is illustrated by up-and-coming talent Richard Jones and written by author Martin Jenkins, the award-winning author of Can We Save the Tiger? and Ape.

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