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History is Martyn Beardsley's big passion, and he has written books featuring a variety of subjects and periods. He writes for children as well as adults, and got the idea for The Gunpowder Plot Deceit when researching a children's timeslip novel in which the main character goes back to the same period. His other non-fiction works include a biography of the Arctic explorer Sir John Franklin (Deadly Winter), and an account of Britain's last fatal duel (A Matter of Honour). He also contributes to the children's educational magazine Aquila.

He is a full-time writer and editor, but tries to find time to indulge in a range of interests. He is a big sports fan, particularly football, enjoys cooking and makes a mean risotto, has an eclectic taste in music but especially folk and Celtic. He is a Buddhist and practitioner of Tai Chi. He was born in Nottingham, where he still lives with a half-deaf and fully mad dog called Max.