Martin Lake

Biography

Martin Lake

Martin Lake lives in the French Riviera with his wife. After studying at the University of East Anglia he worked as a teacher, trainer and company director.

A serious accident meant that he had to rein back his work. He decided to concentrate on his life-long passion for writing and is now a full-time author. His main interests are historical fiction, short stories and fiction for young adults.

Martin has a series of novels set in the years following the Norman Invasion of England. They concern Edgar Atheling, the last representative of the English royal house and his long battle with William the Conqueror. They are available in the series The Lost King.

He moves forward in time for his book 'Artful' which follows the adventures of the Dodger after he has been transported to Australia.

He has also written 'Outcasts' a novel about the ordinary men who were knighted by Balian of Ibelin to defend Jerusalem against Saladin. Their world would never be the same again.

Martin’s work has been broadcast on radio and he won first prize in the Kenneth Grahame Society competition to write a story based on 'The Wind in the Willows.'

Martin has taught creative writing as well as having been a student on several courses.

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Books

Blood of Ironside
By Martin Lake
Series: The Lost King, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 117,090. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2013. Category: Fiction
Edgar Atheling’s plans to win back the throne from William the Conqueror have been thwarted and he is forced to flee to Scotland. He is tempted to give up the fight but the continuing flame of resistance persuades him to return to England and stake all on a gamble to win back his birthright.
Outcasts
By Martin Lake
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 86,860. Language: English. Published: December 7, 2012. Category: Fiction
Saladin is marching to conquer the city of Jerusalem. Within the city waits only one nobleman, Balian of Ibelin, and four knights. In desperation Balian knights thirty ordinary men of the city to lead the defence. History says nothing more of the men raised so far above their normal station. 'Outcasts' tells the story of how they fare in a world grown more bitter.
Artful
By Martin Lake
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 95,050. Language: English. Published: March 3, 2012. Category: Fiction
The Artful Dodger is thrown into prison and sentenced to be transported to Australia. A victim of persecution on board the transport ship Dodger eventually gets the better of his tormentors, or so he believes. But will the past come back to haunt him?
The Big School
By Martin Lake
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,040. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2011. Category: Fiction
For many little boys their big brother may be a hero or a villain. Malcolm Dunkley's big brother is our Eric. Plotter of plots, planner of escapades, Eric wages continual war against teachers, bullies and anyone else he thinks he can get the better of without them noticing.
For King and Country
By Martin Lake
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,540. Language: English. Published: August 12, 2011. Category: Fiction
In World War 1 women wondered how they could contribute to the war effort. The Order of the White Feather shows the issue which divided the country. Escape shows how the trauma of war affected a man who had fought hard and long. His courage was never in doubt. Until the day he was given permission to leave the trenches. Adrift tells about a man lost in an observation balloon.
Wasteland
By Martin Lake
Series: The Lost King, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 65,380. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2011. Category: Fiction
Edgar, the rightful king, asserts his claim to the crown of England. His army achieves dazzling success against his Norman foes. Yet there are two men who he knows he must vanquish. One is his ally, the Danish leader Esbjorn. The other is William the Conqueror. Wasteland is the second book in series The Lost King. It is a fast-moving, epic story of victory, betrayal and revenge.
Mr Toad's Wedding
By Martin Lake
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,490. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2011. Category: Fiction
What would happen to the tranquil life of the river bank if it's most famous bachelor were to marry? This story tells the story of how Mr Toad lost his heart to Natalia Natterjack and almost lost his friends into the bargain. Mr Toad's Wedding won first prize in the international competition to write a story in the style of 'The Wind in the Willows.'
Nuggets
By Martin Lake
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,190. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2011. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
Nuggets is a collection of short fiction for the busy reader. It contains a range of stories with themes including lost love, childhood fantasy, adolescent angst and pre-ordained murder. Most stories can be read in a couple of minutes. They are designed to give people pleasure in moments snatched from the hurly-burly of modern life.
The Lost King: Resistance
By Martin Lake
Series: The Lost King, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 82,600. Language: English. Published: May 20, 2011. Category: Fiction
The Lost King tells the long-suppressed story of the last English King of England, Edgar Atheling. The thirteen year old Edgar was proclaimed king. Weeks later, he was deserted by his followers and forced to see William the Conqueror ascend the throne. Horrified at his people's sufferings, Edgar launched a war of resistance which was to prove the greatest challenge to the Norman invasion.

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Smashwords book reviews by Martin Lake

  • Time and Again on June 12, 2011
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    TIME AND AGAIN IAN WEAVER This novel is an entertaining and intriguing mixture of action, war, romance and science fiction. It reminded me of the work of Christopher Priest. Weaver lives up to his name by weaving a complex narrative which ranges over time, space and personality. The characters face challenges and change because of them. I liked the fact that both his heroes and villains are entertaining and multi-dimensional. The first chapter gives a lot of technical detail. Personally, this is not what I like but soon Weaver's narrative gusto took over and I was as caught up in events as much as his protagonist. I shall look forward to his new novel: Frozen in Time. Martin Lake Author of the following books on Smashwords The Lost King: Resistance Pick and Mix Nuggets
  • Let's Get Digital: How To Self-Publish, And Why You Should on July 22, 2011
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    A Safe Pair of Hands. If I were to recommend one person to guide you on the adventure of self-publishing, David Gaughran is the one. His latest book 'Let's Get Digital' is a collection of articles from his must-read blog together with advice from successful indie writers. It shows David's thoughtful, creative and inspirational approach in an easy to read and enjoyable way. As with his blogs, he gives lots of links to other resources, including blogs, books and software. I read it on a short train journey. I've never put so many bookmarks in one book before.
  • Trafficked: The Diary of a Sex Slave on Sep. 03, 2011
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    Sibel Hodge should be applauded for tackling this difficult and emotive subject. Trafficking is one of those things which everyone knows takes place but few people want to face. This novella relates the experiences of Elena, a young woman who has been snatched from her village and taken into a life of sexual servitude. Hodge avoids sensationalism and sentimentality by writing in a restrained and controlled style. This serves to heighten the brutality and squalor of Elena's new life. Slowly but surely we experience a terrible atmosphere of claustrophobia, hopelessness and despair. For a male reader, the most disturbing thing is the collusion of the many men she comes into contact with, whether users of her sexual favours, taxi-drivers and even policemen. I would have liked for the control and restraint in the writing to have been relieved at the height of the story as Elena's heroism is in danger of getting a little lost in the objectivity of the prose. I also thought that the character of Jamie would have benefited from a more in-depth analysis of his character and motivation. However, I am aware that this may have removed the focus from the objective description of the dreadful life which Elena has been condemned to live. This is an honest, tough and unremittingly recital of the inhumanity which some men descend to. All is not hopeless, however, and this well-judged and nuanced book allows us to see that a glimpse of better things in the end.