Martyn is a former journalist and graduate of the MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. Now he is a senior lecturer in creative writing at Leeds Trinity University, where he teaches on the English & Writing BA and Creative Writing MA. He lives in West Yorkshire with his wife and two teenage daughters.
Martyn’s YA debut, Flip, won four regional prizes (including the YA category of the Sheffield Children’s Book Award) and was shortlisted for the Costa Children’s Book Award. His second, Never Ending, was nominated for the Carnegie Medal and shortlisted for the Essex and Hull book awards, and his third, Twenty Questions for Gloria, was published this year in eight countries. Martyn was one of the judges for the 2015 Costa Book Award.
He is also the author of five novels for adults, including the award-winning Acts of Revision (Bantam Press 1996), The Houdini Girl (Penguin 1999) and The Island of Lost Souls (Bloomsbury 2006), as well as numerous short stories. He has a solo collection due out in 2016 from Comma Press. Between them, his books have been translated into fifteen languages.
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Twenty Questions for Gloria: Gloria is tired of her ordinary life. She barely recognizes the free-spirited girl she used to be in the unadventurous teenager she has become. So when a mysterious boy bent on breaking the rules strolls into her classroom, Gloria is ready to fall under his spell. Uman is funny, confident and smart. He does whatever he likes and doesn’t care what anyone thinks of him. The only people for him are the mad ones, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing but burn, burn, burn. He is everything Gloria wishes to be. He can whisk her away from the life she loathes and show her a more daring, more exciting one, in which the only limits are the boundaries of her own boldness. But Uman in not all he seems and by the time she learns the truth about him, she is a long way from home and everyone wants to know, Where’s Gloria?
Never Ending: Shiv’s best mate, her younger brother, Declan, died while their family was on holiday in Greece. Shiv doesn’t know how to live any more – she can only feel self-hatred; she is tormented by guilt. Now she finds herself at the Korsakoff Clinic, with five other teens and young adults who are undergoing a most unorthodox therapy, which is often painful. But this is Shiv’s last chance – the clinic must help her find a way to live again. But first, their methods will make her face what really happened to her brother.
Flip: Fourteen-year-old Alex Gray wakes up one morning to discover he’s not in his own bedroom. More surprising is that he doesn’t recognize his hands, or his legs… When he looks in the mirror he gets the shock of his life! How is it possible that Alex has become another boy – a boy who everyone calls Philip? And how have six whole months passed overnight?