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: 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)

Modern Times: Still crazy

Since its heyday, when it rivalled cinema to its present faded charm, crazy golf has caught the imagination of leisure-seekers and architects. Photographer Liam Bailey tours the cream of Europe's courses. Text by Andrew Martin

Hodgson has the metal to be a king of speed

Andrew Martin on the Burnley biker out to beat the best at Brands
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Save the tiger: The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The big cats kept in captivity to perform for paying audiences and then, when dead, their bodies used to fortify wine
A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery all included in top 50 hidden spots in the UK

A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery

Introducing the top 50 hidden spots in Britain
Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

How a disease that has claimed fewer than 2,000 victims in its history has earned a place in the darkest corner of the public's imagination
Chris Pratt: From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

He was homeless in Hawaii when he got his big break. Now the comic actor Chris Pratt is Hollywood's new favourite action star
How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

Broadcasting plays and exhibitions to cinemas is a sure-fire box office smash
Shipping container hotels: Pop-up hotels filling a niche

Pop-up hotels filling a niche

Spending the night in a shipping container doesn't sound appealing, but these mobile crash pads are popping up at the summer's biggest events
Native American headdresses are not fashion accessories

Feather dust-up

A Canadian festival has banned Native American headwear. Haven't we been here before?
Boris Johnson's war on diesel

Boris Johnson's war on diesel

11m cars here run on diesel. It's seen as a greener alternative to unleaded petrol. So why is London's mayor on a crusade against the black pump?
5 best waterproof cameras

Splash and flash: 5 best waterproof cameras

Don't let water stop you taking snaps with one of these machines that will take you from the sand to meters deep
Louis van Gaal interview: Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era

Louis van Gaal interview

Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era
Will Gore: The goodwill shown by fans towards Alastair Cook will evaporate rapidly if India win the series

Will Gore: Outside Edge

The goodwill shown by fans towards Alastair Cook will evaporate rapidly if India win the series
The children were playing in the street with toy guns. The air strikes were tragically real

The air strikes were tragically real

The children were playing in the street with toy guns
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – The British, as others see us

Britain as others see us

Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite
How did our legends really begin?

How did our legends really begin?

Applying the theory of evolution to the world's many mythologies
Watch out: Lambrusco is back on the menu

Lambrusco is back on the menu

Naff Seventies corner-shop staple is this year's Aperol Spritz