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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Real Living: Man's World

TWO THINGS came together over Christmas. Firstly, whilst driving along the North Circular and talking about money with my wife, she sighed and said: "Well, maybe you should have been an actor, after all", the implication being that I couldn't have been any more broke, and might've had more fun.

Man's World

NOBODY could possibly say there's any comparison to be drawn between me and Ebenezer Scrooge, except that I once had a business partner called Jacob Marley who's now dead as a doornail. (No, not really.) But I was recently visited by the ghost of Christmas Past, in the form of a telephone call from my friend Steve, in which he suggested that we spend Christmas Eve getting sozzled in a variety of pubs.

Real Living: Man's World

IF A RECESSION is on the way, then one good side effect might be that we'll all have to do less shopping. Although I don't suppose this stricture will extend to my wife.

Irritations of Modern Life 19: The Mountain Bike

BIKES USED to be sold by oily little men with rolled-up cigarettes behind their ears, and their shops had names like "W Earnshaw: Bikes". They sold thin, elegant machines with wide seats supported by admittedly not very springy springs, three gears or five at the most, saddle bags on the back or baskets on the front. One of the most vibrant colours that they came in was brown.

Book of the Week: Cor-blimey reflections of a diamond geezer

Harry Redknapp My Autobiography With Derek McGovern

Man's World

THERE'S MUCH talk about the increasing homogeneity of this country but the North is actually astonishingly different from the South. Geoff Boycott is one good example of this.

Football: Ferri across the Mersey for Houllier

GeRARD HOULLIER'S first excursion into the transfer market as the sole Liverpool manager was to bring a fellow Frenchman to Merseyside yesterday. Jean-Michel Ferri, a 29-year-old defensive midfielder, became Houllier's first signing when he paid Istanbulspor pounds 1.2m for the uncapped player.

Man's World

CELEBRATING a minor triumph, I went to tea at the Ritz. But no sooner had I sat down than a tail-coated functionary demanded I hand over my mac, thus triggering my tipping complex and killing any prospect of enjoying myself.

Real living: Man's world

IN THAT sumptuous stationers, Smythson, in New Bond Street, there are beautiful books marked "Anecdotes" so that you can list every amusing story you know from one to a hundred, thereby proving that you are the most boring and anally retentive person the world has ever known.

Man's world

I AM not a particularly fashion- conscious person, as the lady who runs my local Oxfam - whose eyes light up whenever I walk in - will testify. To me, in fact, there are few more depressing words than "fashion special" when written on the front of a normally perfectly decent colour supplement, but I did happen to glean the other day that tie knots are getting smaller.
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