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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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.

Man's world: Andrew Martin

TO ANY readers disappointed by the fact that this column is not written - as every other column in Britain is - by a television celebrity, I can only apologise, and point out that I have at least tried to break into the broadcast media.

Joys Of Modern Life: 17: Eurostar

HAPPINESS, THEY say, writes white, so it would be hard for me to express how I feel sitting on Eurostar with a cup of coffee en route to a few bieres and dinner on the Left Bank.

Real living: Man's World

I ONCE HEARD an edition of "Any Questions" in which the panel were asked the somewhat elemental question: is it better to be a man or a woman?

Man's World

MEL SMITH and Griff Rhys-Jones once parodied the Angry Young Men of the 1950's. Their own, bathetic version of this phenomenon was "the mildly irritable young men" who were forever sullenly muttering, "What bloody time do you call this then?"

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