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Martin Lake

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Hello, I'm Martin Lake. I've been writing fiction since the age of eleven when our inventive English teacher Mr Johnson asked us to imagine that we were a Guy on a Guy Fawkes bonfire. I discovered the thrill of words and character.

My favourite authors when I was young were historical novelists like Rosemary Sutcliff and Henry Treece and a galaxy of science fiction writers. Later on I discovered the Flashman novels by George McDonald Fraser which I still consider the best of historical fiction.

I studied English Literature and History at UEA.

I have written all my life and had my first success with another story about 5th November, 'The Guy Fawkes Contest.' This was broadcast on radio and I spent more than my fee on celebrating my success.

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Martin Lake I'm working on a sequel to A Love Most Dangerous. Things are never simple for my protagonist, Alice Petherton.
Martin Lake Thanks very much, Bev. I'm glad you liked it. Yes, I'm planning some more books in the series. I'm about ten thousand words into the fourth book which…moreThanks very much, Bev. I'm glad you liked it. Yes, I'm planning some more books in the series. I'm about ten thousand words into the fourth book which is provisionally called Darkest England. It's been hard to plan as there's little known about this period of Edgar's life (although that means I have more freedom to be creative.) I finally got the key to the book a month ago and am looking forward to exploring it. (less)
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Description: At the beginning of 1066 the Great Council of England deliberated on who should succeed to the throne. There was only one legitimate heir, the grandson of Edmund Ironside and direct descendent of Alfred the Great. There was one problem. Edgar was only fourteen years old and foreign powers were casting hungry eyes upon the kingdom. Because of this peril, Edgar’s claim was put aside and the throne given to Harold Godwinson. Ten months later Harold was dead upon a battlefield near Hastings. History tells us that the next king of England was William of Normandy and that the Norman Conquest was swift and smooth. None of this was true. A week after the Battle of Hastings Edgar was proclaimed king by the Council. He was the last native King of England. Yet within a few months Edgar was betrayed by supporters terrified by the brutal power of the Normans. He was forced to submit. But he did not stay cowed for long. Eighteen months later Edgar escaped to Scotland. He returned to England and led a war of resistance which was to prove the deadliest challenge ever faced by William. This is the story of Edgar’s resistance.

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Sophia Thanks for the friend request, Martin!


message 5: by Saul

Saul Tanpepper Hey Martin. Thanks for connecting!
Saul


message 4: by Susan

Susan Griscom Thanks for the friendship, Martin


message 3: by Jill

Jill It's lovely to meet you here too, Martin. Thanks for your friendship. I love English history so will look for your books.


Martin Lake Robin wrote: "Hi, Martin,
Thanks for friending me! I see you are reading The Long ShipsThe Long Ships and am curious to know what you think of it!
It's always good to be connected to another writer of historica..."


Hi Robin,
To be honest I've only read a few pages of The Long Ships. It's one of my all time-favourite books and I want a period of uninterrupted time to give it my full attention. I've got friends and family staying for much of May so it will probably be June now.

I can say that I think it is one of my favourite novels. As a child I loved Henry Treece's Viking trilogy - this is better and for grown-ups.


message 1: by Robin

Robin Hi, Martin,
Thanks for friending me! I see you are reading The Long ShipsThe Long Ships and am curious to know what you think of it!
It's always good to be connected to another writer of historical fiction. Good luck with your writing!
Robin


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