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 thestreet.co.uk (the
now-defunct UK arm of thestreet.com), 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
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.