Having grown up in the British rural idyll where Cumbria rubs up against Lancashire, gorging on books and music magazines and surrounded by Swaledale sheep, I shuffled off to study languages at the University Of Leeds.
From there I moved abroad to work and study in France and Italy, picking up the cinephile virus while studying film in a French university on the way. After an extended period living in Madrid at the end of my studies, I moved to London where I began a career (broadly) in content production and dissemination.
Since then I’ve worked across a variety of different platforms and media, communicating to a diverse range of (international) audiences and honing my writing skills. I also managed to squeeze in an MA in Cinema Studies at the University Of Bristol along the way.
In the past I’ve worked as a children’s campsite entertainer, a beater for grouse shoots, a pretend Press Gang officer for the Royal Navy, a guide on witch tours, a sales assistant in an Iraqi shop, a club DJ, and a nursery school teaching assistant. I am quite flexible.
Nowadays, when I’m not grafting on some content or copy, you’ll find me out on the moors chasing the sheep I left behind, or at a gig trying not stand in anyone’s way, or watching some poncey arthouse film or another. Or nursing a pale ale in a cosy pub.
Scafell is my first novel.
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by Matthew Pink
A mutilated body popping up lake-side is not the peaceful start Stephen 'Sparky' Markham was hoping for when he moved up to the Lake District to come to terms with disastrous recent events involving his family.
This is the first crime novel featuring Sparky Markham. It mixes mystery, surrealism, humour and is set to a soundtrack of rock 'n' roll, blues, jazz, country and electronic music.
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