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Ben Starling is passionate about marine conservation and boxing, both central themes in his work. His interest in marine life has taken him across three continents over the past three decades.

He is Oxford Univeristy’s only ever quintuple boxing Blue (varsity champion five years running), was Captain of the university boxing team, competed until recently, and continues to coach. He is 6’3”and 180 lbs.

Ben graduated with a Master of Arts and a Master of Philosophy. He was born in the USA, but has lived in the UK since childhood.

And just for fun: Check out the videos (column on left below). Ben performs live, storytelling to a rapt audience. Click More videos, to see Ben boxin
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Ben Starling Hi Scott, Glad to meet a fellow boxer writer. Yes, boxing has always been fascinating for me too. Many tend to think of it as a bit of a brutal sport,…moreHi Scott, Glad to meet a fellow boxer writer. Yes, boxing has always been fascinating for me too. Many tend to think of it as a bit of a brutal sport, but I enjoy it for the technique and the strategy of the game. If you can include strategy in your plan – defensive parries, counters to your opponent’s every move, footwork that is active rather than reactive… it opens up a lot of possibilities. I hope you enjoy Something in the Air. And on January 21, 2016, Something in the Water will be released...and one of the key characters is a boxer!(less)
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Yes, I would look forward to it! I have learned so much from Goodreads authors. It's a supportive community and I'm glad to have found it.

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Hi Gail,

Yes, I would look forward to it! I have learned so much from Goodreads authors. It's a supportive community and I'm glad to have found it.

When I click on the link to you associated with your message it looks like you currently have a new reader account? Will you be moving to an author account soon? Please let me know and I look forward to following you as an author soon.

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message 87: by Tom

Tom Greer Hi, Ben, thanks for friending me on Goodreads. My new crime novel, Death Comes Calling, is now available from Kindle ebook and paperback form, so please feel free to take a look via the Amazon UK link at the bottom.

The Kindle price is £2.99 and the paperback price is £9.32.

A successful career woman is found dead on the floor of her North London kitchen with her throat brutally slashed. Beside the body lies a half-open razor with a single droplet of blood at the tip of an otherwise pristine blade.

However, the forensics prove this razor can’t be the murder weapon, and when another successful career woman is found murdered a few days later, again in her kitchen, again with her throat cut and again with a blood-tipped half-open razor placed beside her body, Detective Chief Inspector John Gore of the Metropolitan Police fears he has a potential serial killer on his hands.

As the body count rises the pressure is mounting on Gore to quickly find and stop the killer.

Meanwhile someone is sending him taunting notes, each headed, Death Comes Calling, and Gore begins to realise the killer is playing mind games not just with the police, but with him personally. The question is…why?

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B089NHM8W1

Thanks, Tom.


message 86: by Sahara

Sahara Sanders

MERRY CHRISTMAS & Happy New Year to you and your family!
Let your cherished dreams come true in 2019 :-)
Sahara Sanders


message 85: by T.R.

T.R. Robinson Thank you for accepting my friend request. We were friends in a previous Goodreads account that is no longer in use. I have been updating my author profile/presence and it was simpler to close some accounts and open new ones. Look forward to sharing.


message 84: by Carolyn

Carolyn Haven Thank you, for such a lovely, well thought out request. I absolutely look forward to learning more about your writing and the books you recommend. My tastes in reading and writing tend to run a bit on the eclectic side, so if it’s a good story, I’ll read it. And most definitely, thank you for your friendship. Happy writing and reading to you.


message 83: by Dove

Dove Winters Thank you for the friend request! It is nice to meet you! I love reading different genres as well, and look forward to your book recs!

Dove


JennyWren Hi Ben, thanks for the friend request :)


message 81: by Ben

Ben Starling Freya wrote: "Hiya Ben, check out my new book, Gozo Is the Grass Greener, published yesterday and hot off the press!

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show...

Hope all is well with you, ..."


Hi Freya, good to meet you.


message 80: by Ben

Ben Starling Savannah wrote: "Hi Ben

Thanks for the friend request. I'm looking forward talking about genres and books ;)"


Hi Savannah,

Looking forward to your recommends.


message 79: by Ben

Ben Starling Jola wrote: "Hi Ben, nice to meet you! :)"

Hi Jola!


message 78: by Ben

Ben Starling Leslie wrote: "Hi Ben! Thank you for the friend request. I look forward to your reads/recommendations as well. Btw, interesting bio you got there! Lol :)"

Thanks, Leslie! Good to meet you here.


message 77: by Leslie

Leslie Hi Ben! Thank you for the friend request. I look forward to your reads/recommendations as well. Btw, interesting bio you got there! Lol :)


message 76: by Jola

Jola Hi Ben, nice to meet you! :)


Savannah Hi Ben

Thanks for the friend request. I'm looking forward talking about genres and books ;)


message 74: by Freya

Freya Barrington Hiya Ben, check out my new book, Gozo Is the Grass Greener, published yesterday and hot off the press!

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show...

Hope all is well with you, all the best, Freya


message 73: by Ruth

Ruth Casie Hi Ben -
Thanks for the invitation. My favorite book? I have a few and sometimes they change with my mood. I love Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux. I enjoy Clive Cusller. Dirk Pit is my kind of guy. And Sherlock Holmes. See, a mixed bag.

I write medieval romance, about strong women and the men who deserve them.

Thanks again for the invite and I'm looking forward to chatting.


Stacey is Sassy Hey Ben, thanks for the friend invite.

See you around :-)


message 71: by Elena

Elena Kincaid Hi Ben, Thanks for friending. My reading tastes are all over the place as well, but I tend to read a lot of romance, not surprisingly since I am an erotic romance author. Looking forward to chatting. :)


message 70: by Beth

Beth Hi Ben,
Thanks for sending a friend request to this mystery author!


message 69: by Rachel

Rachel Chanticleer Thanks for the add!


Patricia Gulley Hi Ben, thanks for the friending. HOW did you get those social media buttons on your page under 'about me'?
Patg


message 67: by Kat

Kat Desi Thanks for the add, Ben! Looking forward to having bookish chats with you! ☺


Patricia Gulley Thanks for the friending, Ben. I'm an author too, I write about the travel industry. NO, not pilots, stewardesses or tour escorts. :)
Patg


Danielle Evans Hi, Ben! Thanks for adding me as a friend. It's nice to meet you. :)

I enjoy reading a lot of the same genres as you!


Victoria Thanks for the friendship, Ben! It's very nice to meet you. I am on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr under Victoria Clapton. I look forward to following you and
hope to see you there.


message 63: by Laura

Laura Thanks for the friendship Ben!


Samantha Manuel Nice to meet you, Ben!


message 61: by Y.I.

Y.I. Lee Hi Ben, it's great to meet you. :)


message 60: by Ronyell

Ronyell Thanks for the friend request Ben!!!


message 59: by Angela

Angela Gascoigne Hi Ben. It's nice to meet you too. I use Twitter to try to promote my books and my blog posts which are here on Goodreads and on my website too. I also have a face book page for my writing. I have my books on a few really good book promotion sites: promocave, beezeebooks and ask david.Good luck with your writing too! Angela.


message 58: by Miranda

Miranda Moondawn Hi Ben
this is Miranda
I have a Facebook page called Mooniana and the Secret of the Lost Chronicles of Sophia
Also a page called Miranda Moondawn.
Hope to see you there.


message 57: by Hannah

Hannah Abbott Thanks for the friend request. I see you've issued lots! I doubt I can tell you anything about social networking. I'm ignorant of most of that. Goodreads and Facebook are as much as I've dabbled in. I'm more likely to learn from you!~ :-) H


message 56: by Judith

Judith Wermuth-Atkinson Thank you for the friend request and the interesting questions, Ben. I will answer in more detail.
judithwermuth.wix.com/judith


message 55: by Wendy

Wendy Hello Ben,
Thanks for the friend request and your message. I haven't been active on Goodreads much lately, so apologies for the delay in responding. Am looking forward to following you.


message 54: by N.B.

N.B. Hi Ben, thank you for the friend request! :)


message 53: by Lara

Lara Biyuts Hi Ben. Thank you for adding !


Catherine Byrne Hi Ben, just returned the complement. Will look forward to following you.


message 51: by Marie

Marie Williams Hello Ben,

Thank you so much for the message, and for the friend request. It's always nice meeting new people here. I also love a broad range of genres, so I'm looking forward to your reviews. Good luck with your book, I'm certain we can all use it.

- Marie


message 50: by Karen

Karen Malena Hello Ben. Thank you kindly for the friend request.


message 49: by N.

N. Dunham Thanks for the friend request andI wish you much luck with your books:) please check out www.ndunham.com when you get a moment!!thanks!!


message 48: by Clare (last edited Jan 26, 2015 10:52AM)

Clare O'Beara Hi Ben,

Thanks for the friend request.
I am also interested in marine conservation.
I created a list on Listopia here, for wreck diving books, so if you can think of any please feel free to add them. And I created another list called Cutty Sark for books mentioning the tea clippers.
I might see you at an SF convention sometime!


message 47: by Tara

Tara Higgins Thanks for accepting my friend request! Have a great rest of the week!


Charisma Knight Hi Ben, thanks so much for friending.


Jasemine Denise Ben, thanks so much for your lovely message when sending your friend request! I look forward to all of your updates!

Also, I'm a writer! ^_^ I just so happen to write contemporary romance novels so if you're ever looking for something to sink your teeth into:

Twisted Illusions: Part I of the Twisted Trilogy

Hope to hear from you soon! <3


message 44: by Kyra

Kyra Halland Hi Ben, nice to meet you! Thanks for the friend request :)


message 43: by Meghan

Meghan March Glad to connect, Ben. Looking forward to chatting books. Best, Meghan


message 42: by Mandy

Mandy Dowson Thanks for the friend request, Ben :D


Elizabeth Thanks for the friend request :)


message 40: by Uzuri

Uzuri Wilkerson Thanks for the add!


message 39: by Rosca (last edited Dec 14, 2014 06:37PM)

Rosca Thank you for the request. Hope to follow your works.


message 38: by K.S.

K.S. Marsden Thanks for the friendvite! I think genres are so blurred, a paranormal can be historical and political etc. It's always the characters that appeal to me, rather than the setting.


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