Martin F.D. Baker

Author & Scriptwriter



Martin Baker is an author and screenwriter. Formerly a City lawyer and journalist, he has recently been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. For more detail, click here.

Meltdown, the first of a trilogy of novels set against the backdrop of crisis in the world financial system, was published in hardback in 2008 as Macmillan's lead title. The paperback was published in November. A second novel, set in gangster-capitalist Moscow, will be published in 2013. The third in the trilogy is set in Shanghai.

Martin is the authorised biographer of David Moyes, the football manager. Publication date not yet fixed. Other books include the business bestseller, A Fool And His Money (Orion), a collection of satirical essays.

As a screenwriter, Martin's co-written screenplay, a classic Shakespeare story re-told in modern times, is about to go into pre-production with Lane, Fabian Jones. The adaptation of Meltdown, and the second Spendlove novel, Version Thirteen, is in development with a major Hollywood producer. He has been co-opted as a judge on the international screenwriting competition Writers' Revolution.

Formerly a journalist, Martin's work includes the City Eye column for The Independent on Sunday, the City Profile for The Sunday Telegraph, and Public Life for The Daily Telegraph. He was editor-in-chief of (the now-defunct UK arm of, associate editor of Sunday Business, and the first investment editor of The International Herald Tribune in Paris (90-97). He worked as money correspondent of The Independent, City reporter at The Times, and market reporter and presenter for LBC Radio. He has made a number of films for BBC Television, and is a regular contributor to radio and television programmes in the UK, France and Belgium. He has won a number of awards for journalism, including the Citicorp Grand Prize for Excellence.

Before entering journalism, Martin qualified as a City solicitor with leading firm Simmons & Simmons. He read law at Brasenose College, Oxford. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.