Andrew Martin

Journalist and novelist Andrew Martin is the author of the 'Jim Stringer' series of novels based around railways. He has written for the Independent on Sunday, the Evening Standard, the Sunday Times and the New Statesman among others.

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Football: Kendall wants Kinky

By Andrew Martin

Winter Olympics: From plastic to fantastic: the first and only Springbok skier

The inspirations for Alex Heath's journey to the giant slalom in Nagano came from a pencil case and a dry slope in Kent. Andrew Martin meets the lone Springbok skier.

Football: Harry happy to have team of young Hammers

West Ham United 6 Barnsley 0

Football: Kitson provides the cut and thrust

Andrew Martin

Rallying: The ultimate rallying test: learning to drive on water

When rally drivers need to improve their technique they head north to hone their skills on a frozen Norwegian lake.

Football: Kitson's return keeps fortress Boleyn's reputation intact

West Ham United 1 Sheffield Wednesday 0

Football: Padovano deal collapses but Merson remains at Riverside

The Juventus striker Michele Padovano has turned down a move to Middlesbrough. Undeterred by the unhappy experience of taking Juve's Fabrizio Ravanelli to the Riverside, Bryan Robson, the Boro manager, negotiated a pounds 1.6m fee but could not agree personal terms with the 30-year-old. Perhaps news travels fast in Italy...

Football: Adams makes swift return at Swansea

Micky Adams' life in the game took a turn for the better yesterday when he was appointed manager of Swansea City. He replaces Jan Molby, who was sacked by the Welsh club on Tuesday.

Football: Why the float sank Keegan

The man dubbed a Messiah on Tyneside now says walked out on the Magpies after he was given an unpalatable ultimatum by the board. Andrew Martin examines the reasons why Keegan's Newcastle reign came to an abrupt end.

Indomitable spirit in a broken body; BOOK OF THE WEEK

Wayne Rainey: His own story By Michael Scott (Haynes, hardback pounds 17.99)
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Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
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'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
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A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
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His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
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Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
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From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
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12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
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Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
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How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
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Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam