Martyn Bedford

Martyn Bedford


“Martyn Bedford is the genuine article, a writer of unmistakable flair and accomplishment.”
(The New York Times)

Martyn Bedford is the multiple award-winning and internationally renowned British author of five novels for adults and three for young adults in a writing career spanning twenty years.

His novels for adults are: Acts of Revision (Bantam Press, 1996), winner of the Yorkshire Post Best First Work Award; Exit, Orange & Red (Bantam Press, 1997); The Houdini Girl (Penguin, 1999); Black Cat (Penguin, 2000); and The Island of Lost Souls (Bloomsbury, 2006). He has also published numerous short stories in anthologies, newspapers and magazines and his first solo collection is being published by Comma Press in 2017.

Flip (Walker Books, 2011), Martyn’s debut novel for teenagers and young adults, won four regional prizes in the UK and was shortlisted for the prestigious Costa Book Awards. His two other young-adult novels, Never Ending (Walker, 2014) and Twenty Questions for Gloria (Walker, 2016), were both nominated for the Carnegie Medal.

Between them, his adult and teenage novels have been translated into fifteen languages and most of them have also been published in the United States.

A former journalist and graduate of the MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, Martyn Bedford is a senior lecturer at Leeds Trinity University, where he has taught since 2009 on the undergraduate and postgraduate creative-writing programmes. He has also tutored numerous residential writing courses in the UK for the Arvon Foundation. He lives in West Yorkshire with his wife and two teenage daughters. Find out more about him and his writing at


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