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Martin Booth

Martin Booth

Biography

Martin Booth writes strong, pacy adventures with compelling storylines. His work is dramatic, cinematic and well-researched. If you're looking for a gripping read (with guaranteed boy appeal), you're in the right hands!

THE BASICS
Born: Lancashire, 1944
Jobs: Screenwriter, Novelist
Lives: Somerset
First Book for Children: War Dog, 1996

THE BOOKS
Martin Booth has written just about every kind of book going - from novels for adults and children to poetry to a non-fiction history of the Triads. Hiroshima Joe, like Music on the Bamboo Radio, was inspired by Martin's childhood in Hong Kong. His family moved there when he was six and he stayed until 1964. Martin learned Cantonese and played with local children in the streets of Kowloon. It was there that he first encountered the Triads and, at the tender age of seven, stumbled upon an opium den. Both Music on the Bamboo Radio and War Dog are set during World War Two. Music ...

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PLACE AND DATE OF BIRTH:
Lancashire 1944

FAVOURITE BOOK:
Man-Eaters of Kumoan

MOST TREASURED POSSESSION:
A 'lucky' bone from an infamous man-eating tiger

FAVOURITE SONG:
Anything blues

FAVOURITE FILM:
Lots!

When did you start writing?
I started writing when I was 16, but it really didn't go anywhere until I was 19 when the famous World War I poet, Edmund Blunden, became my friend. (He was over 60 then and was my mentor.) After that, I carried on...

Where do you get your ideas and inspiration from?
My ideas come from travelling all over the world. I get good ideas when driving long distances in big countries - say the USA; and I've always exercised my imagination. It's just like any other muscle - you have to keep it in trim.

Can you give your top three tips to becoming a successful author?
1. Persevere

Bibliography

Published by Puffin

Music on the Bamboo Radio jacket image
  • Music on the Bamboo Radio
  • Puffin
  • Paperback POD: Aug 27 1998
  • 5 - 8 years

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