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Born and raised in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Martyn Waites worked as a professional actor before becoming a writer. A former Writer in Residence at Huntercombe Young Offenders' Institution and HMP Chelmsford, he currently runs arts-based workshops for socially excluded teenagers.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (March 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743449517
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743449519
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1.1 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,054,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ObiWanCanubi on August 11, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
When someone tells me I am missing out on an author I usually check out their bibliography and if they have 8 or 10 books and have really no following and poor/average Amazon ratings it is a good indication that I should just stay away. Music and writing are both arts forms, but I think it is far easier to be a misunderstood or undiscovered musician then it is an author. Music is so diverse and complex. While writing is simple, you string words together to form stories and some people and make beauty in their literary symphonies. Now this is not to say people don't have opposing tastes in reading, science fiction may not be a subject you care about, but H.G. Wells is still a great writer whether you care about alien invaders or not. Good writing is good writing, its about the stories we enjoy.

As I digress, if I haven't heard of a writer and they have a fairly respectable size catalog or their books have low ratings, it is likely the masses are right, the author is probably not very good.

Martyn Waites is an exception to that rule. Not because he has bad ratings or that he is misunderstood, but because he is British. As Jerry Seinfeld would say, "Not that there is anything wrong with that." But here is a fact, British music across all genres invaded the U.S., authors, not so much. Sure you will bring up Shakespeare, Orwell, Dickens, even Austin, but those are classic authors, dead authors. Name me 5 living British authors not named J.K. Rowling, that sell atop the U.S. sales charts. I am not saying British authors are bad, just saying the transition to the U.S. has not been taken as openly as their music.
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